One of Hollywood’s most celebrated songwriter, Marilyn Bergman has died at age of 93. She was the ASCAP’s first woman president and board chairman lasted from 1994 to 2009. She worked as a co-writer with her husband and longstanding collaborator Alan Bergman in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Whereas, she penned the lyrics to some of the most successful film and television songs of the era. They were nominated for 16 Oscars and they took home three of them.
Together with her husband Alan Bergman, she was an outstanding lyricist who left us with a trove of timeless works. She was a devoted and ferocious fighter for music producers throughout her life. Her intellect, wit, and wisdom will be much missed in our society.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from New York’s High School of Music & Art, followed by a master’s degree from New York University. Marilyn Bergman used to play piano for songwriter Bob Russell. Meanwhile, he urged her to seek a career in songwriting.
They had their huge breakthrough film in 1967 with the song ‘In the Heat of the Night’, sung by Ray Charles, written by composer Quincy Jones.
‘The Happy Ending’, ‘Pieces of Dreams’, ‘Summer of ’42’ and ‘Best Friends’ were only a few of the numerous films in which legend collaborated.
To honour them, the Songwriters Hall of Fame bestowed its Johnny Mercer Award in 1997. In 1980, the Bergmans had formally admitted to membership. The National Academy of Songwriters presented them with a lifetime achievement award in 1995. In 2002, they received a governor’s award from the Recording Academy and in 2013, they received a trustees’ award.
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