Michel Jean Legrand ( French pronunciation: ; 24 February 1932 - 26 January 2019) was a French musical [mil l] composer, arranger, conductor, and jazz pianist. Legrand was a prolific composer, having written over 200 film and television scores, in addition to many songs.  His scores for the films of  French New Wave director Jacques Demy, (1964) and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1967), earned Legrand his first The Young Girls of Rochefort Academy Award nominations. Legrand won his first Oscar for the song " The Windmills of Your Mind" from (1968). The Thomas Crown Affair 
Life and career
Legrand, who was of
Armenian descent, was born in  Paris to his father,  Raymond Legrand, who was himself a conductor and composer, and his mother, Marcelle Ter-Mikaëlian, who was the sister of conductor  Jacques Hélian. Raymond and Marcelle were married in 1929.  
Legrand composed more than two hundred film and television scores.
He won three  Oscars and five  Grammys. He studied music at the  Conservatoire de Paris from age 11, working with, among others, Nadia Boulanger and graduated with top honors as both a composer and a pianist.  He burst upon the international music scene at 22 when his album  I Love Paris became a surprise hit. He established his name in the United States by working with such jazz stars as Miles Davis and Stan Getz. His sister  Christiane Legrand was a member of the Swingle Singers and his niece Victoria Legrand is a member of the indie rock duo Beach House. 
Legrand composed music for
Jacques Demy's films (1964) and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1966), and appeared and performed in The Young Girls of Rochefort Agnès Varda's (1961). He also composed music for Cléo from 5 to 7 (1968) (which features " The Thomas Crown Affair The Windmills of Your Mind"), (1970), The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (1971), The Go-Between (1971), Summer of '42 Orson Welles's last-completed film (1974) and would later compose the score for Welles's posthumously-released movie F for Fake (2018). He also composed the score for The Other Side of the Wind (1983), as well as the film score for Yentl Louis Malle's film (1980). His instrumental version of the theme from Atlantic City charted 56th in 1972 on the Brian's Song 's pop chart. Billboard 
Legrand died of
sepsis,  during the night of 25 to 26 January 2019, at the  American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, where he had been hospitalized for two weeks for a  pulmonary infection. His funeral was held in Paris at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on 1 February 2019. He was interred at the  Père Lachaise Cemetery. He remained active until his death and had concerts scheduled to take place in the spring.  
In 1997, Legrand composed the score for the musical
, with a book by Le Passe-muraille Didier Van Cauwelaert. It premiered on Broadway in 2002 as and was translated into English by Amour Jeremy Sams and was directed by James Lapine. This musical was his Broadway debut  and he was nominated for a  Tony Award in 2003 for Best Score . Later he recorded  with Legrand Affair Melissa Errico , a 100-piece symphony orchestra that included songs with lyrics by  Alan and Marilyn Bergman. 
The world premiere of the new musical
from Marguerite Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the creators of and Les Misérables , included music by Michel Legrand and lyrics by Miss Saigon Herbert Kretzmer. Marguerite is set during World War II in occupied Paris, and was inspired by the romantic novel by La Dame aux Camélias Alexandre Dumas fils. It premiered in May 2008 at the Haymarket Theatre, London and was directed by Jonathan Kent. 
Legrand has won three
Oscars (from 13 nominations), five Grammys, and was nominated for an Emmy. His first Academy Award win was in 1969 for the song "The Windmills of Your Mind", followed with the Academy Award for his music for Summer of '42 in 1972 and for Yentl in 1984. 
Following are a selection of the awards and nominations with which Legrand's works have been honored:
Academy Award awards and nominations
Golden Globe awards and nominations
Source: All Movie
 Original Score:
Grammy Award awards and nominations
 Best Instrumental Composition: "
Theme from " (1971) - Summer of '42 (The Summer Knows) win Best Instrumental Arrangement: "Theme From Summer Of '42" (1971) - nomination
Best Pop Instrumental Performance: "Theme From Summer Of '42" (1971) - nomination Best arrangement accompanying vocalist:
( What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? Sarah Vaughan) (1972) - win  Song of the year: "The Summer Knows" from
Summer of '42 (1972) - nomination Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): "The Summer Knows" (1972) - nomination
Best instrumental composition: "Brian's Song" [TV] (1972) - win Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special: The Three Musketeers (1974) - nomination Best Instrumental Composition: "Images" (1975)
win Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band: "Images" (1975) win Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special:
Yentl (1984) - nomination Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals: Yentl ( Barbra Streisand) (1984) - nomination Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals: "Nature Boy" (track from "Unforgettable") (1991) - nomination  Best Instrumental Arrangement: "Where Or When" (Track from: "Happy Radio Days", Erato Records) (1998) - nomination 
Emmy Award nominations Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special (Dramatic Underscore): A Woman Called Golda [TV] (1982) 
Fennecus nominations Song score, original or adaptation:
Yentl (1983) Original song: "The Way He Makes Me Feel" from Yentl (1983)
Original score, comedy:
Best Friends (1982) Original song, drama: "The Way He Makes Me Feel" from
Yentl (1983) Original song score/adaptation/compilation, drama: Yentl (1983) Best Original Music Score: (1991) Dingo win 
Prix Moliere Award Best musical (1997): Le Passe-Muraille (French stage version of  Amour) 
ASCAP Henry Mancini Award, awarded by ASCAP, for Le Passe-Muraille (1998)  
Golden Eagle Award
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