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Michel Legrand

French composer

Died when: 86 years 336 days (1043 months)
Star Sign: Pisces

 

Michel Legrand

Michel Jean Legrand (French pronunciation: ​[miʃɛl ləɡʁɑ̃]; 24 February 1932 – 26 January 2019) was a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and jazz pianist.

Legrand was a prolific composer, having written over 200 film and television scores, in addition to many songs.His 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), the second one with Summer of 42 (1972) and the last one with Yentl (1986).

With 13 nominations, he is the only French artist to be rewarded as much as him.He is best known in the United States for his collaboration with some of the most influent artists in the world, such as Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Céline Dion, Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, John Coltrane or Tony Bennett.

To remind his career, some project paid him tribute, like the 2016 film La La Land by Damien Chazelle.As a composer, Michel Legrand is one of the best artist seller of all time, achieving almost 55 millions in charts worldwide.


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