Michel Legrand, three-time Oscar-winning composer who composed classic film songs such as The Windmills of Your Mind, You Must Believe in Spring, I Will Wait for You and What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?, has died at the age of 86.
His publicist confirmed his death to Agence France-Presse. The publicist told the news agency that Michael passed away at his home on Saturday, January 26, in Paris.
His wife Macha Meril, who is a French actress, was reportedly at his side when her husband took his last breath.
The late composer once said, "I’ve never settled on one musical discipline. I love playing, conducting, singing and writing, and in all styles."
His approx. 150 scores include Jacques Demy’s classic The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964). Two songs he composed: Watch What Happens and I Will Wait for You, became standards, emerged from the Cherbourg score.
Michael received 13 Oscar nominations in all, including The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1968).
He won three Oscar Awards for composing The Windmills of Your Mind (1968), Summer of ’42 (1971) and Yentl (1983).
Funeral services for the late music composer will be announced in the coming days. Rest in Peace Michael Legrand!
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