Previn famously appeared in a 'Morecambe And Wise' sketch
André Previn, an Academy Award-winning composer and conductor, has died aged 89, his manager Linda Petrikova has confirmed.
Previn won four Oscars between 1958 and 1964 for Gigi, Porgy & Bless, Irma La Douce and My Fair Lady, and received a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys in 2010.
He conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, and was also famous for appearing in a sketch with British comedy duo Morecambe and Wise in 1971. He also gained fame in the UK for hosting a show called Music Night, on which he conducted pieces and had musical guests.
Previn, who was born in Berlin to a Jewish family but emigrated to the USA to escape the Nazi regime, famously turned his back on his lucrative Hollywood career to pursue a career as a jazz pianist.
Stephen Fry was among those to pay tribute to Previn. He said: “Farewell, André Previn. He played all the right notes, and usually in the right order.
“What a life. All those Oscars, awards and achievements and yet most of my generation will always think of him as Andre Preview, conducting Eric Morecambe. He probably wouldn’t mind…”
Previn’s former wife, the actress Mia Farrow, also posted a tribute to the composer on Twitter, calling him her ‘beloved friend’.