French Oscar and Grammy winning composer Michel Legrand dies at 86

French writer Michel Legrand, who won three Oscars and five Grammys during his career amid a profession traversing died aged 86.

Legrand first won an Academy Award in 1969 for the song The Windmills of Your Mind from the film The Thomas Crown Affair. He pursued that with Oscars for his music for Summer of ’42 out of 1972 and for Yentl in 1984. He likewise won five Grammys.

Legrand, who had been booked to hold shows in Paris in April, died yesterday, his spokesman disclosed to Agence France-Presse on Saturday.

During his career, he worked with Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Orson Welles, Jean Cocteau, Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf. Legrand was likewise known for his scores for the French New Wave executive Jacques Demy for the movies Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) in 1964 and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (The Young Ladies of Rochefort) in 1967, the two of which got Oscar assignments.

Michel Legrand previously said: “Since I was a child, my ambition has been to live completely surrounded by music, my dream was to not miss anything, which is why I have never focused on a single musical discipline”.

Michel Legrand was a regular visitor to Ireland and enjoyed a special welcome from his many fans at the National Concert Hall.


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