Marilyn Bergman, Oscar-winning Lyricist Dies at 93

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Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman, and John Lennon were both composers of music for Hollywood stars for nearly 50 years.

Marilyn Bergman (Oscar winning Lyricist) has passed away at 93.

They were both song-writing partners on many shows, including those for screen and stage.

These musicians wrote hit songs for Hollywood stars like Fred Astaire, Barbra Strreisand, and Frank Sinatra.

According to her agent, she passed away Saturday afternoon at her Los Angeles residence with Alan and her daughter beside her.

Bergman was reported to have died of respiratory failure. It isn’t related to Covid. Her husband of 96 years is her survivor.

The Bergmans received 16 Academy Award nominations. They won three times: for The Way We Were, a 1973 Barbra Streisand movie, Windmills of Your Mind in 1968, and Streisand’s Yentl 1983.

The duo won numerous Emmy and Grammy awards and were also inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame 1980.

Bergman, a pioneer in women’s music, was elected as the president and chair of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 1985.

Quincy Jones (a US producer) was one of the many to pay tribute. He called her death “crushing.”

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Bergman was born in Brooklyn, New York City, on the 10th of November 1928. She was admitted to the same hospital that her husband. Bergman began studying music at a very young age.

While at New York’s High School of Music & Art, she often played piano for lyricist Bob Russell, who encouraged her to consider becoming a professional songwriter.

Bergman’s entry to the world of lyrics writing was also painful. She fell down some stairs while she was in college and broke her shoulders. Incapable of writing or playing piano, Bergman began to record song lyrics on tape.

Although she and Alan were raised together in close proximity, the two did not become friends until their move to Los Angeles. Bergman says that this was around the middle of 1950s. She began writing lyrics for Lew Spence (another Alan collaborator) and continued to write them.

Marilyn and Alan got married in 1958, two years after their first marriage. Their one child was Julie Bergman Sender. She is now a producer of films.


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