Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand has died, aged 86


Oscar-winning film composer Michel Legrand, who collaborated with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Miles Davis, has died at the age of 86.

The Frenchman, who won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1968 for ‘The Windmills Of Your Mind’, died in the early hours of Saturday at his home in Paris.

During his career, Legrand became one of the world’s most highly regarded composers, and worked with musical giants such as Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Liza Minnelli and Edith Piaf.

After scooping his first Oscar in 1968, he achieved further Academy Awards success with the scores to 1971’s ‘Summer of 42’ and ‘Yentl’ – which famously starred Barbra Streisand.

He also scored five Grammys from 17 nominations and became an integral part of French New Wave Cinema in the 1960s as he worked with iconic film directors including  Jacques Demy and Jean-Luc Godard.

Paying tribute, French composter Vladimir Cosma told AFP: ““For me, he is immortal, through his music and his personality. He was such an optimistic personality, with a kind of naivety in optimism, he saw everything in rosy colours!”

Tributes also came from Baby Driver director Edgar Wright, who shared footage of Legrand’s score to The Thomas Crown Affair.

He is survived by three children and his third wife, Macha Meril.