NEW YORK (AP) — Marilyn Bergman, the Oscar-winning lyricist who teamed with husband Alan Bergman on “The Method We Have been,” “How Do You Maintain the Music Enjoying?” and tons of of different songs, died at her Los Angeles house Saturday. She was 93.
She died of respiratory failure not associated to COVID-19, in response to a consultant, Jason Lee. Her husband was at her bedside when she died.
The Bergmans, who married in 1958, had been among the many most enduring, profitable and productive songwriting partnerships, specializing in introspective ballades for movie, tv and the stage that mixed the romance of Tin Pan Alley with the polish of latest pop.
They labored with among the world’s prime melodists, together with Marvin Hamlisch, Cy Coleman and Michel Legrand, and had been lined by among the world’s best singers, from Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand to Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson.
“If one actually is severe about wanting to write down songs which are authentic, that actually converse to individuals, it’s a must to really feel such as you created one thing that wasn’t there earlier than — which is the final word accomplishment, isn’t it?” Marilyn Bergman advised The Huffington Submit in 2013. “And to make one thing that wasn’t there earlier than, it’s a must to know what got here earlier than you.”
Their songs included the sentimental Streisand-Neil Diamond duet “You Don’t Convey Me Flowers,” Sinatra’s snappy “Good ’n’ Straightforward” and Dean Martin’s dreamy “Sleep Heat.” They helped write the uptempo themes to the Seventies sitcoms “Maude” and “Good Occasions” and collaborated on phrases and music for the 1978 Broadway present “Ballroom.”
However they had been greatest recognized for his or her contributions to movies, turning out themes generally remembered greater than the flicks themselves. Among the many highlights: Stephen Bishop’s “It May Be You,” from “Tootsie”; Noel Harrison’s “The Windmills of Your Thoughts,” from “The Thomas Crown Affair”; and, for “Greatest Buddies,” the James Ingram-Patti Austin duet “How Do You Maintain the Music Enjoying?”
Their peak was “The Method We Have been,” from the Streisand-Robert Redford romantic drama of the identical identify.
Set to Hamlisch’s moody, pensive melody with Streisand’s voice, it was the top-selling tune of 1974 and an instantaneous normal, proof that effectively into the rock period, the general public nonetheless embraced an old school ballad.
Followers would have struggled to determine an image of the Bergmans, and even acknowledge their names, however that they had no hassle summoning the phrases to “The Method We Have been”:
“Recollections, could also be stunning and but / What’s too painful to recollect / We merely select to overlook / So it’s the laughter / We are going to keep in mind / Each time we keep in mind / The best way we had been.”
The Bergmans gained three Oscars — for “The Method We Have been,” “Windmills of Your Thoughts” and the soundtrack to Streisand’s “Yentl” — and obtained 16 nominations, three of them in 1983 alone. In addition they gained two Grammys and 4 Emmys and had been inducted into the Songwriters Corridor of Fame.
Fellow composer Quincy Jones known as information of her dying crushing. “You, alongside together with your beloved Alan, had been the epitome of Nadia Boulanger’s perception that ‘an artist can by no means be roughly than they’re as a human being,’” he tweeted.
“To these of us who beloved the Bergmans’ lyrics, Marilyn takes a bit our our hearts and souls together with her at this time,” tweeted Norman Lear, creator of “Maude” and “Good Occasions.”
Marilyn Bergman grew to become the primary girl elected to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and later served because the chair and president. She was additionally the primary chair of the Nationwide Recorded Sound Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.
Streisand labored with them all through her profession, recording greater than 60 of their songs and dedicating a complete album, “What Issues Most,” to their materials. The Bergmans met her when she was 18, a nightclub singer, and shortly grew to become shut buddies.
“I simply love their phrases, I really like the sentiment, I really like their exploration of affection and relationships,” Streisand advised The Related Press in 2011.
Like Streisand, the Bergmans had been Jews from lower-middle-class households in Brooklyn. They had been born in the identical hospital, Alan 4 years sooner than Marilyn, whose single identify was Katz, and so they had been raised in the identical neighborhood and had been followers of music and flicks since childhood.
They each moved to Los Angeles in 1950 — Marilyn had studied English and psychology at New York College — however didn’t meet till a number of years later, once they had been working for a similar composer.
The Bergmans seemed to be freed from the boundaries and tensions of many songwriting groups. They likened their chemistry to housekeeping (one washes, one dries) or to baseball (pitching and catching), and had been so in tune with one another that they struggled to recall who wrote a given lyric.
“Our partnership as writers or as husband and spouse?” Marilyn advised The Huffington Submit when requested about their relationship. “I believe the features of each are the identical: Respect, belief, all of that’s needed in a writing partnership or a enterprise partnership or in a wedding.”
Moreover her husband, Bergman is survived by their daughter, Julie Bergman.
AP media author David Bauder contributed to this report.
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