11 Jul 2019
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Michel Legrand, the French composer and jazz pianist, died on January 26 aged 86. Legrand won three Oscars for his compositions: Best Original Song in 1968 for the The Windmills of Your Mind (featured in The Thomas Crown Affair), and Best Original Score for Summer of '42 (1971) and Yentl (1983).
In the Sixties, with the emergence of French New Wave cinema, he began working with directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Demy. With Demy, he made the landmark musical film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. It is believed to mark the only instance in Oscar history in which a composer was nominated in all three music categories for the same film (best song, best original score, best musical adaptation).
During his career he also worked with Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Orson Welles, Jean Cocteau, Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf.
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