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Also Known As: Maurice Alexis Jarre Died: March 29, 2009
Born: September 13, 1924 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: France Profession: composer, conductor, musical director

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One of the most prolific film composers of the late 20th Century, Lyon-born Maurice Jarre had been crafting film underscores for a decade when he came to international prominence in 1962 with his Oscar-winning score for the sweeping David Lean-directed epic "Lawrence of Arabia".

One of the most prolific film composers of the late 20th Century, Lyon-born Maurice Jarre had been crafting film underscores for a decade when he came to international prominence in 1962 with his Oscar-winning score for the sweeping David Lean-directed epic "Lawrence of Arabia".

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Lean By Jarre (1993)
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1946:
Served as a musician with Radiodiffusion Francaise
:
Became the Théâtre National Populaire director
1952:
Made motion picture debut as a composer with the short film "Hotel des Invalides"
1958:
First full-length feature score, "The Keepers/La Tete contre les murs"
1959:
Penned the score for the horror film, "Eyes Without a Face"
1962:
First collaboration with director David Lean, "Lawrence of Arabia"; received first Academy Award
1962:
Composed the dramatic underscore for "The Longest Day"
1963:
Picked up second Oscar nomination for the music for "Sundays and Cybele"
1965:
Second collaboration with Lean, "Doctor Zhivago"; produced the haunting "Lara's Theme"
1966:
Wrote the music for the race film, "Grand Prix"
1968:
Scored the Isadora Duncan biopic, "Isadora" starring Vanessa Redgrave in the title role
1969:
Collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock to provide the underscore for "Topaz"
1970:
Third film with Lean, "Ryan's Daughter"
1972:
First of three collaborations with director John Huston, "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean"; received only Oscar nomination to date for the Best Original Song category for "Marmalade, Molasses and Honey"
1973:
Scored the John Huston directed, "The Mackintosh Man"
1974:
Composed the music for the NBC TV-movie, "Great Expectations"
1975:
Final film with Huston, "The Man Who Would Be King"
1976:
Wrote the score for Elia Kazan's "The Last Tycoon"
1977:
Provided the music for the NBC biblical miniseries, "Jesus of Nazareth"
1977:
Earned an Oscar nomination for scoring, "Mohammad Messenger of God"
1977:
Penned the music for the James Bond film, "The Spy Who Loved Me"
1979:
Composed the score for the award-winning, "The Tin Drum"
1980:
Wrote the underscore for the NBC miniseries, "Shogun"
1980:
Created the background music for the film, "Resurrection"
1982:
Initial film with Peter Weir, "The Year of Living Dangerously"
1984:
Returned to the small screen with the music for the ABC remake of "Samson and Delilah"
1984:
Final collaboration with Lean, "A Passage to India"
1985:
Scored "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome"
1985:
Received an Oscar nomination for scoring Peter Weir's "Witness"
1986:
Penned the score for "Tai-Pan," based on a James Clavell novel
1986:
Hired by Weir to score "The Mosquito Coast"
1987:
Wrote the background music for the box-office hits "No Way Out" and "Fatal Attraction"
1988:
Crafted the score for the NBC miniseries, "The Murder of Mary Phagan"
1988:
Received an Oscar nomination for scoring "Gorillas in the Mist"
1989:
Again collaborated with Weir on "Dead Poets Society"
1990:
Earned ninth career Academy Award nomination for the score for "Ghost"
1992:
Penned the music for "School Ties"
1993:
Re-teamed with Weir for "Fearless"
1993:
Headlined the PBS special tribute to David Lean, "Lean by Jarre"
1994:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1995:
Garnered praise for his musical compositions for "A Walk in the Clouds"
1999:
Composed the score for the historical drama, "Sunshine" (released in the US in 2000)
2000:
Wrote the music for "I Dreamed of Africa"
2001:
Final film, Jon Avnet's holocaust drama, "Uprising"
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Education

University of Lyon: -
Sorbonne: -
Conservatoire de Paris: -

Notes

Over the years, Jarre has conducted numerous renowned orchestras ranging from the London Philharmonic Orchestra to the Osaka Symphonic Orchestra to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

". . . when I worked with Fred Zinnemann on "Behold a Pale Horse" (1964), he wanted a smaller sound, almost chamber music. William Wyler wanted a medium-sized score for "The Collector" (1965). On the other hand, for "Topaz" (1969) Alfred Hitchcock wanted a big score. So it's not a question of Hollywood. You work for the film, not the studio." --Maurice Jarre quoted in The Hollywood Reporter Deauville Film Festival Special Edition, August 31-September 6, 1999.

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wife:
France Pejot. Married in 1946; divorced.
wife:
Dany Saval. Actor. Married in January 1965; divorced.
wife:
Laura Devon. Married in December 1967; divorced.
wife:
Khong Fui Fong. Married in December 1984.
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father:
Andre Jarre. Technical director of local radio station.
son:
Jean-Michel Jarre. Composer. Mother, France Pejot.
daughter:
Stephanie Jarre. Mother, Dany Saval.

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