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Also Known As: Michel Jean Legrand Died:
Born: February 24, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: composer, conductor, pianist, arranger

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Child prodigy who worked as a piano accompanist for singers including Juliette Greco and Bing Crosby and enjoyed success as composer and singer of popular music before turning his attention to the screen in the mid-1950s. His lushly melodic work graced the early films of New Wave directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and Agnes Varda and he has subsequently worked with international figures including Norman Jewison, Joseph Losey, Kon Ichikawa and Orson Welles. Legrand has also enjoyed a long and fruitful association with countryman Jacques Demy, composing and conducting the music for his internationally popular romantic musical "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964). Legrand won Oscars for his hit song "The Windmills of Your Mind" (1968) and his scores for "Summer of '42" (1971) and "Yentl" (1983). He made his feature directing debut with "Five Days in June" (1989), an autobiographical war drama set in Normandy circa 1944. Son of Raymond Legrand (1908-74), a French film composer of the 1940s and 50s.

Child prodigy who worked as a piano accompanist for singers including Juliette Greco and Bing Crosby and enjoyed success as composer and singer of popular music before turning his attention to the screen in the mid-1950s. His lushly melodic work graced the early films of New Wave directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and Agnes Varda and he has subsequently worked with international figures including Norman Jewison, Joseph Losey, Kon Ichikawa and Orson Welles. Legrand has also enjoyed a long and fruitful association with countryman Jacques Demy, composing and conducting the music for his internationally popular romantic musical "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964). Legrand won Oscars for his hit song "The Windmills of Your Mind" (1968) and his scores for "Summer of '42" (1971) and "Yentl" (1983). He made his feature directing debut with "Five Days in June" (1989), an autobiographical war drama set in Normandy circa 1944. Son of Raymond Legrand (1908-74), a French film composer of the 1940s and 50s.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Cinq jours en juin (1989) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Time For Loving (1971)
3.
 Donkey Skin (1970) Voice
4.
 Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962) Bob, the pianist
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1989:
Feature film directing debut (also writer; composer), "Cinque jours en juin/Five Days in June"
1955:
Moved to the USA
1962:
Made first onscreen appearance in "Cleo From 5 to 7"
1955:
Composed first film score for "Les Amants du Tage/Lovers' Net"
1954:
Recorded first album as arranger, "I Love Paris"
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Known for such albums as "Satie: Piano Works" and "Les Demoiselles De Rochefort"
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Popular songs include "Charmaine" and "Eternally".
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Education

Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique: Paris - 1943

Notes

Formed a Paris-based Productions Michel Legrand.

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father:
Raymond Legrand. Music director and arranger, pianist. Born 1908, died 1974.
mother:
Marcelle Legrand.
sister:
Christiane Legrand. Singer.
son:
Herve Legrand.
son:
Benjamin Legrand.
daughter:
Eugenie Legrand.
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