Marilyn Bergman, winner of several Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and others for her lyrics, has died at the age of 93. She died at her Los Angeles home at 1:15 a.m. PT on Saturday morning with husband Alan Bergman and daughter Julie Bergman at her side. The cause of death was respiratory failure (not related to COVID).
Bergman was a multi-award winning lyricist with three Academy Awards, four Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, and a Cable Ice Award, among others.
Together with her husband, Alan, Marilyn won Academy Awards for the songs “The Windmills of Your Mind” and “The Way We Were” and for the score Intel. Since their first Academy Award nomination in 1968, The Bergmans have been nominated 16 times — for songs like “It Might Be You” from tutusi, “How do you keep playing music?” From Dearest friends, “Abby, can you hear me?” The “The Way You Make Me Feel” from intel, and “What do you do the rest of your life?” From Happy ending.
Emmys was for Sybil, Queen of Stardust Hall, Ordinary Miracles And A ticket for a dream. In 1986 they were nominated for a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award, and a Grammy Award for the song “Moonlight” performed by Sting for the Sydney Pollack movie. Sabrina. Their main collaborators are Dave Grossen, John Williams, Quincy Jones, James Newton Howard, Michel Legrand, Johnny Mandel, C Coleman, Henry Mancini and Marvin Hamlich.
Barbra Streisand praised their 2011 Grammy-nominated album “What Matters Most”. 2019 brought a new batch of their work, “Frank Sinatra Sings Alan & Marilyn Bergman”.
Marilyn was a political and social activist force in her own right. In 1974, the American Film Institute (AFI) established the Women’s Direction Workshop. Marilyn, along with Anne Bancroft, Diane Cannon, and Randa Haines, was invited to participate in the class of ’75.
In 1984, Marilyn, along with ten other women, founded the powerful political PAC “The Hollywood Women’s Political Committee (HWPC),” which raised millions of dollars for Democratic candidates. It has been described as “the most powerful entertainment group in politics”.
In 1985, Marilyn became the first woman elected to the board of directors of the American Society of Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). After serving five terms as a member of the board of directors, she was elected chairperson and chairperson of the board of directors. That same year, Marilyn was appointed to the US Department of Commerce’s Private Sector Advisory Board on National Information Infrastructure, and was the only creative artist on the board.
After 15 years as president and chairman of the ASCAP board, Marilyn resigned in April 2009, but continued to serve as an honorary board of directors.
Marilyn served two terms (1994-1998) as President of CISAC, the International Federation of Performing Right Associations. In 1996, she was awarded France’s highest cultural honor, the Order of Letters and the Commander’s Order. In 1998, she was awarded the Medal of Cultural Honor by the Spanish Association for Correct Performance (SGAE). In 2002, Marilyn was appointed the first president of the National Academy of Phonograms Preservation Board at the Library of Congress.
In 1986, co-CEO Marilyn produced and wrote with Alan the popular “One Voice” concert, starring Barbra Streisand. The Bergmans also wrote the opening ceremonies, “American Reunion,” for Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration ceremonies, which were held at the Lincoln Memorial and broadcast on HBO in 1993.
In 1994, they wrote Barbra Streisand’s legendary musical tour and HBO Special, for which they were nominated for a Cable Ace Award. They also received a Cable Ace and an Emmy Award for their song “Ordinary Miracles” from the HBO special. Barbra Streisand: The Concert.
Marilyn has also produced the CEO of PBS Special The Music Makers: ASCAP’s Celebration of American Music at Wolf Trap. She has appeared on numerous talk shows and panels and hosted a PBS special, Women in Song.
Alan and Marilyn worked with playwright Joshua Ravic on an original play with music, Chasing Mem’ries, which premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in 2017. 2018 saw the release of an album written with Michel Legrand titled, Between Yesterday and Tomorrow – A Woman’s Life Cycle. They recently wrote two more movie songs. One with the late Michel Legrand for the version of “Hurry Home” by Max Rose, and the other with Dave Grusin, “Just Getting Started,” for If you are not in a state of death: Eat breakfast.
Dr. Billy Taylor, Artistic Director of Jazz at the Kennedy Center commissioned Alan and Marilyn in 2001 to write The Jazz Song Cycle in collaboration with composer C. Coleman. Pictures in jazz: songs gallery, It was performed in May 2002 at the Kennedy Center to critical acclaim. Display, close up and music Expanded by Larry Gilbart’s text, it was a hit at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Bergmans’ collaboration with composer Roger Killaway spawned five songs for visions of america A symphony that celebrates the sights and sounds of America, captured by acclaimed photographer Jo Som. It premiered in 2009 with the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra, and was performed by the Boston Pops in 2012, featuring singers Patty Austin and Steve Terrell.
Marilyn has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a member of the Board of Directors of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Streisand Foundation.
Other achievements included:
In 1980 she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In 1995 she was awarded the National Academy of Songwriters Award, Lifetime Achievement and an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music.
In 1996, Marilyn received her first Fiorello Lifetime Achievement Award from LaGuardia High School of Music, Arts and Performing Arts in New York where she was a graduate.
In 1997, Marilyn and Alan were inducted into the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Hall of Fame. Trinity College awarded them honorary doctorate degrees in 1998.
In 2000 he received a Creative Arts Award from the Kauffman Cultural Center and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Music Publishers.
In 2002, they were honored with a Governor’s Award from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.
In 2003 they received their first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Johnny Mercer Foundation.
In 2004, Marilyn and Alan received the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award from the Flanders Film Festival.
In 2008 the University of Massachusetts awarded an honorary doctorate.
In 2009 they received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Savannah Film Festival.
The Great American Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted Alan and Marilyn into their class.
In 2013, they each received Guardian Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Marilyn was a music major at the High School of Music and Arts in New York and went on to study Psychology and English at New York University. After college, she moved to Los Angeles and picked up the musical string from her previous life. In 1956, she met Alan and began a long life and business partnership.
Marilyn is survived by her husband Alan Bergman, their daughter, son-in-law Julie Bergman and Ilan Azoulay, and granddaughter Emily Cinder.