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Also Known As: Marilyn Keith, M Bergman Died:
Born: November 10, 1929 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: lyricist, songwriter

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With her husband Alan, Marilyn Bergman has written lyrics to some of the most memorable movie songs of the past four decades. Specializing in dreamy love songs and searching ballads, and working with such composers as John Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, Michel Legrand and Henry Mancini, the Bergmans have been nominated for countless awards and have won three Oscars, three Emmy Awards and a Grammy. A Brooklynite, Bergman attended the High School of Music and Art, then studied psychology and English at NYU. She teamed up with lyricist Alan Bergman, whom she wed in 1958, and the pair began writing songs for stage shows, television productions, movies and for such popular singers as Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond and Maureen McGovern. The Bergmans wrote the lyrics for such stage shows as "Something More" (1964), "Ballroom" (1978), adapted from their Emmy-winning work on the TV-movie "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom" (CBS, 1975), and "The Lady and the Clarinet" (1980). Their TV credits have included lyrics for the theme songs of "Bracken's World" (NBC), the memorable "Maude" (CBS), "Good Times" (CBS), "Alice" (CBS) and the short-lived "Brooklyn Bridge" (CBS). Their lasting fame, however, has...

With her husband Alan, Marilyn Bergman has written lyrics to some of the most memorable movie songs of the past four decades. Specializing in dreamy love songs and searching ballads, and working with such composers as John Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, Michel Legrand and Henry Mancini, the Bergmans have been nominated for countless awards and have won three Oscars, three Emmy Awards and a Grammy.

A Brooklynite, Bergman attended the High School of Music and Art, then studied psychology and English at NYU. She teamed up with lyricist Alan Bergman, whom she wed in 1958, and the pair began writing songs for stage shows, television productions, movies and for such popular singers as Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond and Maureen McGovern.

The Bergmans wrote the lyrics for such stage shows as "Something More" (1964), "Ballroom" (1978), adapted from their Emmy-winning work on the TV-movie "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom" (CBS, 1975), and "The Lady and the Clarinet" (1980). Their TV credits have included lyrics for the theme songs of "Bracken's World" (NBC), the memorable "Maude" (CBS), "Good Times" (CBS), "Alice" (CBS) and the short-lived "Brooklyn Bridge" (CBS).

Their lasting fame, however, has come from the memorable film songs. The Bergmans first gained popular attention with and won their first Oscar for the verbally complex words to "The Windmills of Your Mind" (composed by Michel Legrand for the 1968 film "The Thomas Crown Affair"). Over the next three decades, they have have garnered praise for such songs as "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" from "The Happy Ending" (1969) and "Theme from 'Summer of '42'/The Summer Knows" (1971), both written with Legrand. They received their second Oscar for the poignant lyrics to Marvin Hamlisch's lilting theme "The Way We Were" (1973). A third statuette was awarded the lyric writers for their work on "Yentl" (1983), with music by Legrand.

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 Score, The (2002)
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1960:
First film credit, lyrics for "The Marriage-Go-Round"
1964:
First stage credit, lyrics for "Something More"
1969:
First TV series credit, lyrics for theme of "Bracken's World"
1971:
First TV movie, lyrics for "The Hands of Time" from "Brian's Song"
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Education

High School for Music and Art: New York , New York -
New York University: New York , New York -
New York University: New York , New York -
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1975

Notes

Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1979

In 1996, Bergman was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters Medal from the government of France.

With her husband Alan, she received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts

Received honorary doctorate from Trinity College in 1998

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husband:
Alan Bergman. Songwriter, lyricist. Married February 9, 1958; one child together; work as team.

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father:
Albert A Katz.
mother:
Edith Katz.
daughter:
Julie Rachel Bergman. Born 1960.

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