Michel Legrand, Oscar-winning composer, dies aged 86

Michel Legrand

Michel Legrand

According to Variety, Michel Legrand, three-time Oscar winning composer has passed away at age 86. "This morning we are all humming a song of Michel Legrand", France's Culture Minister Franck Riester said on Twitter.

Legrand lived in a musical whirlwind, with the same appetite for popular music to jazz, from conducting to film.

In the '60s, Legrand was an integral part of French New Wave cinema, composing films for director Jacques Demy - Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1964) and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967). He collaborated with Jean-Luc Godard on films including 1962's Vivre sa vie: film en douze tableaux and 1964's Bande à part.

He soon established his name in the United States by working with jazz stars like Miles Davis and Stan Getz, and penning music for Hollywood films.

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Legrand was the composer of classic film songs such as "The Windmills of Your Mind", "I Will Wait for You", "You Must Believe in Spring" and "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?", along with the musical score for "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg".

Legrand was nominated for 13 Oscars, and won three.

He would go on to win two more, for "Summer of '42" (1972) by Robert Mulligan and "Yentl" (1984) by Barbra Streisand, along with five Grammys.

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