Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones and more pay tribute to songwriter Marilyn Bergman

Marilyn Bergman, the songwriting giant known for her work in film, television and theater, has died aged 93.

She died at her home in Los Angels on Saturday morning (January 8) with her husband Alan Bergman and daughter Julie Bergman by her side. The cause of death was respiratory failure (unrelated to COVID).

Bergman’s death was confirmed by ASCAP chairman, president and songwriter Paul Williams, who released a statement (via Deadline).

“It is with deep sadness that personally, and all of ASCAP, mourn the passing of Marilyn Bergman – one of the greatest lyricists who ever lived and truly experienced ASCAP royalty,” said Williams. “She was a brilliant songwriter who, along with her husband, Alan Bergman, gave us some of the most beautiful and enduring lyrics of all time.

“She has been a staunch and tireless advocate for music creators, not only during her tenure as ASCAP President and President, but throughout her life. His intelligence, his wit and his wisdom will be missed by our community. Alan – we cry with you.

Bergman was a force in the songwriting world, winning a variety of awards over the course of his career, including three Oscars, four Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Cable Ace Award, among others.

Together with her husband, Alan, Marilyn won Oscars for the songs ‘The Windmills Of Your Mind’, ‘The Way We Were’ and for the music of Yentl. His Emmys came for Sybil, queen of the Stardust ballroom, ordinary miracles and A ticket to dream.

Alan and Marilyn Bergman. CREDIT: Bruce Glikas / FilmMagic

The Bergmans’ main collaborators are Quincy Jones, John Williams, Dave Grusin, James Newton Howard, Michel Legrand, Johnny Mandel, Cy Coleman, Henry Mancini, Marvin Hamlisch and Barbra Streisand.

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Marilyn and Alan wrote the legendary HBO special Barbra Streisand: The Concert, for which they were nominated for a Cable Ace Award. They also received a Cable Ace and an Emmy Award for their song ‘Ordinary Miracles’ from the special.

In 2011, Streisand paid tribute to the couple with a Grammy-nominated album compiling their songs, titled “What Matters Most.” A new compilation of their work was released in 2019, ‘Frank Sinatra Sings Alan And Marilyn Bergman’.

Bergman was also a political and social activist. Among her triumphs, she founded, along with 10 other women, the powerful political PAC “The Hollywood Women’s Political Committee” (HWPC) in 1984, which raised millions of dollars for Democratic candidates. It has been described as “the most powerful entertainment group in politics”.

A year later, she became the first woman elected to the board of directors of the American Society of Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). After serving five terms as a member of the board of directors, she was elected chair and chair of the board. She resigned in April 2009, but continued to serve on the Board of Directors Emeritus.

Tributes are pouring in for Bergman on social media, especially from Streisand and Jones.

“Marilyn and Alan Bergman were like family, as well as brilliant lyricists,” Streisand tweeted. “We met over 60 years ago behind the scenes of a small nightclub and have never stopped loving each other and working together. Their songs are timeless, just like our love. May she rest in peace. With love, Barbra.

Jones paid tribute in three separate tweets. “My dear, dear, beautiful Marilyn Bergman, losing you this morning, so close to our brother Sidney, just crushes me,” said the Grammy-winning musician. “You, along with your beloved Alan, were the epitome of Nadia Boulanger’s conviction that” an artist can never be more or less than he is as a human being “.

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“The secret weapon of your composition… the unconditional love in your heart for your family, friends and community. Your words are an extension of your being. We have shared so much life together… songs, laughs, love and hugs, and every minute was pure joy.

He concluded: “And when they ask ‘How do you get the music to play’, I will always tell them to ask Marilyn and Alan Bergman to write you the song. RIP my sweet ‘owl.’ Your songs will sing in our hearts forever xoxo Q. “

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