French composer Michel Legrand, who won three Oscars in 1969 for the song “The Windmills of Your Mind” has died aged 86, his spokesperson said Saturday.
During a career spanning more than 50 years, Legrand wrote over 200 film and TV scores, as well as songs. Two more Oscars followed in 1971 and 1983 for the best original scores in Summer of ’42 and Yentl films respectively.
Michel Legrand was a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and jazz pianist. Legrand is a prolific composer, having written over 200 film and television scores, in addition to many memorable songs. He is best known for his often haunting, jazz-tinged film music. His celebrated scores for the films of French New Wave director Jacques Demy, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), earned Legrand his first Academy Award nominations. Legrand won his first Oscar for the song “The Windmills of Your Mind” from The Thomas Crown Affair (1968).
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17 November, 2019