Michel Legrand


Composer
Michel Legrand

About

Also Known As
Michel Jean Legrand
Birth Place
Paris, FR
Born
February 24, 1932

Biography

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 i...

Notes

Formed a Paris-based Productions Michel Legrand.

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Cinq jours en juin (1989)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones (1990)
Himself
Time For Loving (1971)
Donkey Skin (1970)
Voice
Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962)
Bob, the pianist

Writer (Feature Film)

Cinq jours en juin (1989)
Screenwriter

Music (Feature Film)

The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
Song
The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
Song Performer
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Song
The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
Music
Focus (2015)
Song
Confetti (2006)
Music Lyrics
Alfie (2004)
Song
Connie and Carla (2004)
Song
Alfie (2004)
Song Performer
The In-Laws (2003)
Song Performer
The In-Laws (2003)
Song
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Song
And Now Ladies and Gentlemen (2002)
Music
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
Music ("Di-Gue-Ding-Ding")
Brian's Song (2001)
Theme Music
La Buche (2000)
Music
Set Me Free (1999)
Music
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
Song
Clay Pigeons (1998)
Song Performer
Madeline (1998)
Music
Clay Pigeons (1998)
Song
Madeline (1998)
Song ("The Cuckoo And The Nightingale")
Aaron's Magic Village (1997)
Music
One Hundred and One Nights (1995)
Music
Les Enfants de Lumiere (1995)
Music
Les Miserables (1995)
Music
Ready to Wear (1994)
Score Composer
The Pickle (1993)
Music
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)
Song ("Chess Anyone" From "The Thomas Crown Affair")
Dingo (1991)
Music
Eternity (1990)
Music
Fuga dal Paradiso (1990)
Music
Gaspard et Robinson (1990)
Music
La Boutique de l'orfevre (1989)
Music
Cinq jours en juin (1989)
Music
Fate (1989)
Music
Trois places pour le 26 (1988)
Music
Switching Channels (1988)
Theme Music
Switching Channels (1988)
Music
Spirale (1987)
Music
Club de rencontres (1987)
Music
Casanova (1987)
Music
Words and Music (1986)
Music
As Summers Die (1986)
Music
Words and Music (1986)
Song
Palace (1985)
Music
Promises To Keep (1985)
Music
Parking (1985)
Music
Secret Places (1984)
Music; Music Director
Slapstick Of Another Kind (1984)
Music
Eine Liebe in Deutschland (1984)
Music
Train d'Enfer (1984)
Music
Partir Revenir (1984)
Music
Secret Places (1984)
Song ("Secret Places")
Les Uns et les autres (1984)
Music
Micki & Maude (1984)
Song ("Something In My Life")
La Revanche des humanoides (1983)
Music
Never Say Never Again (1983)
Music
Yentl (1983)
Music; Music Director
Yentl (1983)
Original Music
Never Say Never Again (1983)
Song
Best Friends (1982)
Music
Le Cadeau (1982)
Music
Friends of the Family (1982)
Music
Qu'est-ce qui fait courir David? (1982)
Song Performer
Qu'est-ce qui fait courir David? (1982)
Music
Best Friends (1982)
Songs ("How Do You Keep The Music Playing?" "Think About Love")
Finishing Touch (1981)
Music
Melvin and Howard (1980)
Song
Falling in Love Again (1980)
Music
Melvin and Howard (1980)
Music
Hi no tori (1980)
Music
The Hunter (1980)
Music
Atlantic City (1980)
Music
The Mountain Men (1980)
Music
Les Fabuleuses aventures du legendaire baron de Munchausen (1979)
Music
Funny Valentine (1979)
Music
Je vous ferai aimer la vie (1979)
Music
Lady Oscar (1979)
Music
Black Joy (1978)
Song ("Summer Of '42")
Le Baratineur (1978)
Song
La Belle emmerdeuse (1978)
Music
Mon premier amour (1978)
Music
Roads to the South (1978)
Music
Ca fait tilt! (1978)
Title Music
On peut le dire sans se facher (1978)
Music
Gulliver's Travels (1977)
Music
Semi-Tough (1977)
Music
The Other Side of Midnight (1977)
Music
Gable and Lombard (1976)
Music
Ode To Billy Joe (1976)
Music
Voyage de Noces Le (1976)
Song Performer
Voyage de Noces Le (1976)
Music
Section Speciale (1975)
Music
La Ville bidon (1975)
Music
Le Sauvage (1975)
Music
The Smurfs and the Magic Flute (1975)
Music
Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York (1975)
Music
Cage Without a Key (1975)
Music
It's Good to Be Alive (1974)
Music
Our Time (1974)
Music
F for Fake (1973)
Music
40 Carats (1973)
Music
Impossible Object (1973)
Music
The Three Musketeers (1973)
Music
Breezy (1973)
Music
The Outside Man (1973)
Music
Longue distance oblige (1973)
Music
A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973)
Music
The Nelson Affair (1973)
Music
The Adventures of Don Quixote (1973)
Music
A Doll's House (1973)
Music
Portnoy's Complaint (1972)
Music Composition and Conducting
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Music Score
Pas Folle la Guepe (1972)
Music
Score (1972)
Music
Le Gang des Otages (1972)
Music
One is a Lonely Number (1972)
Music
Ma Mie, ma Loue (1972)
Music
Summer of '42 (1971)
Music Composition and Conducting
The Go-Between (1971)
Music Composition and Conducting
Le Mans (1971)
Music
Summer of '42 (1971)
Composer
Un Peu de soleil dans l'eau froide (1971)
Music
Time For Loving (1971)
Music
Le Vieille Fille (1971)
Music
Brian's Song (1971)
Music
La Poudre d'escampette (1971)
Music
Les Maries de l'an Deux (1971)
Music
Les Feux de la Chandeleur (1971)
Music
Wuthering Heights (1970)
Music comp & Conductor
Pieces of Dreams (1970)
Music comp & Conductor
The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun (1970)
Music comp & Conductor
The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean (1970)
Music comp & Conductor
The Swimming Pool (1970)
Music
The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970)
Composer
The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun (1970)
Composer
Pieces of Dreams (1970)
Composer
Darling Lili (1970)
Composer
The Picasso Summer (1970)
Music
Donkey Skin (1970)
Music
The Happy Ending (1969)
Music comp & Conductor
Castle Keep (1969)
Music comp & Conductor
The Happy Ending (1969)
Music: "what are you doing the rest of your life?"
Play Dirty (1969)
Music
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
Music Composition and Conducting
Ice Station Zebra (1968)
Music comp & Conductor
How To Save a Marriage--And Ruin Your Life (1968)
Music comp & Conductor
The Oldest Profession (1968)
Music
The Young Girls of Rochefort (1968)
Music writ & Director
Sweet November (1968)
Music comp & Conductor
A Matter of Innocence (1968)
Music comp & Conductor
The Young Girls of Rochefort (1968)
Composer
How To Save a Marriage--And Ruin Your Life (1968)
Composer
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
Composer
A Matter of Innocence (1968)
Composer
Sweet November (1968)
Composer
Tender Scoundrel (1967)
Music
La vie de ch√Ęteau (1967)
Music
Band of Outsiders (1966)
Music
A Ravishing Idiot (1966)
Music
The Winner (1965)
Music
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
Music comp & Conductor
A Woman Is a Woman (1964)
Music
Bay of the Angels (1964)
Music
Eva (1964)
Music
A Woman Is a Woman (1964)
Composer
Eva (1964)
Composer
Le joli mai (1963)
Music
Seven Capital Sins (1963)
Music for "Anger," "Envy," "Gluttony," "Lust" and "Laziness"
The French Game (1963)
Music
Love Is a Ball (1963)
Music
My Life To Live (1963)
Music
Le joli mai (1963)
Composer
Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962)
Music
Lola (1962)
Music
The Counterfeiters of Paris (1962)
Music
Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962)
Composer
Terrain vague (1960)
Music
Lovers' Net (1955)
Music

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones (1990)
Other

Director (Special)

Michel's Mixed-Up Musical Bird (1978)
Director

Cast (Special)

Laura Fygi: Live From the Royal Carre (1999)
Performer
The Shirley Bassey Special (1981)
Michel's Mixed-Up Musical Bird (1978)
Himself
Ann-Margret Smith (1975)

Music (Special)

Laura Fygi: Live From the Royal Carre (1999)
Music
Laura Fygi: Live From the Royal Carre (1999)
Music Conductor
Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special (1990)
Song
Tony Bennett (1988)
Song
Blind Sunday (1976)
Music

Music (Short)

Visages de Paris (1955)
Music

Music (TV Mini-Series)

The Ring (1996)
Music
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1990)
Music
Crossings (1986)
Music
Sins (1986)
Music
The Jesse Owens Story (1984)
Music
The Jesse Owens Story (1984)
Music Conductor
A Woman Called Golda (1982)
Music

Life Events

1954

Recorded first album as arranger, "I Love Paris"

1955

Moved to the USA

1955

Composed first film score for "Les Amants du Tage/Lovers' Net"

1962

Made first onscreen appearance in "Cleo From 5 to 7"

1989

Feature film directing debut (also writer; composer), "Cinque jours en juin/Five Days in June"

Videos

Movie Clip

Lady Sings The Blues - Open, New York City 1936 Newsy opening credit sequence for Berry Gordy's production of the Billie Holliday biography Lady Sings The Blues, 1972, starring Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor.
Thomas Crown Affair, The (1968) -- Let's Play Something Else After the pantomime with the chess pieces, Vicki (Faye Dunaway) and Steve McQueen (title character) in the often-mocked "360" shot, in Norman Jewison's The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968, photography by Haskell Wexler.
Thomas Crown Affair, The (1968) - Windmills Of Your Mind The snazzy opening from director Norman Jewison (and editors Hal Ashby and Ralph Winters), Noel Harrison’s vocal on the hit tune by Michel Legrand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman, leading to title character Steve McQueen interrogating clownish recruit Jack Weston, in The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968.
How To Save a Marriage And Ruin Your Life - Open, Winds of Change How 60's can you get? Ambience from the Ray Conniff Singers with Michel Legrand and Mack David's "Winds of Change," the opening to How To Save a Marriage And Ruin Your Life, 1968, starring Dean Martin and Stella Stevens.
Cleo From 5 To 7 (1962) - For My Baby Doll Among the kookiest and most charming bits in any French New Wave film, director Agnès Varda brings Cleo (Corinne Marchand), awaiting her cancer test result, and friend Dorothèe (Dorothèe Blank) to see Raoul (Raymond Cauchetier), who’s screening a short featuring pals Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina, Eddie Constantine and Jean-Claude Brialy, in Cleo From 5 To 7, 1962.
Cleo From 5 To 7 (1962) - This Card Is Not Necessarily Death Director Agnès Varda’s unforgettable opening, the only color sequence in the film, Loye Payen doing the tarot reading for the title character, Corinne Marchand, from the feminist “Left Bank” and New Wave landmark Cleo From 5 To 7, 1962.
Cleo From 5 To 7 (1962) - Her And Her Hysterics Writer and director Agnès Varda signals her second chapter, as Corinne Marchand (title character), after an ominous tarot card reading, and awaiting the result of her cancer test, meets Angèle (Dominique Davray), whom we will soon learn is her maid, in Cleo From 5 To 7, 1962.
Three Musketeers, The (1973) - Bishop To Queen Two Director Richard Lester's smooth introductions of Cardinal Richelieu (Charlton Heston), the queen (Geraldine Chaplin) and King Louis XIII (Jean-Pierre Cassel), playing lawn-chess with pooches, in The Three Musketeers,1973, from George MacDonald Fraser's screenplay.
Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, The (1964) - Un Film De Jacques Demy Director Jacques Demy's improbable on location opening begins to suggest the visual style, and provides the first sample of Michel Legrand's international hit theme, in the one-of-a-kind musical that made Catherine Deneuve a star, The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, 1964.
Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, The (1964) - Too Ugly Or Too Stupid? On location at the Normandy title-town, teen Genevieve (Catherine Deneuve) with boyfriend Guy (Nino Castelnuovo), then at work with mother (Anne Vernon), music by Michel Legrand, lyrics by director Jacques Demy, in the acclaimed sung-through musical The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, 1964.
Young Girls Of Rochefort (1967) - Chanson Des Jumelles From opening scenes on location on the square in Rochefort, director Jacques Demy has swooped into a studio where twins (and real-life sisters) Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorleac have just finished a class, song by Demy and Michel Legrand, in The Young Girls Of Rochefort, 1967.
Young Girls Of Rochefort (1967) - Andy Amoreux Jacques Demy directs, his screenplay and lyrics and music by Michel Legrand, a tune performed partly by Solange (Francoise Dorleac), collecting her young brother, but mostly by dazzled American Andy (Gene Kelly), his vocal dubbed in French, in The Young Girls Of Rochefort, 1967.

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Family

Raymond Legrand
Father
Music director and arranger, pianist. Born 1908, died 1974.
Marcelle Legrand
Mother
Christiane Legrand
Sister
Singer.
Herve Legrand
Son
Benjamin Legrand
Son
Eugenie Legrand
Daughter

Bibliography

Notes

Formed a Paris-based Productions Michel Legrand.