Herbert Kretzmer

English journalist and lyricist (1925-2020)

Herbert Kretzmer, OBE (5 October 1925 – 14 October 2020) was a South African-born English journalist and lyricist. He was best known as the lyricist for the English-language musical adaptation of Les Misérables as well as for his long-time writing works with the French singer Charles Aznavour.[1]

Herbert Kretzmer
Born(1925-10-05)5 October 1925
Kroonstad, South Africa
Died14 October 2020(2020-10-14) (aged 95)
Occupation(s)Journalist, lyricist
Elisabeth Margaret Wilson (m. 1961–1973)

Sybil Sever
(m. 1988)

He was nominated for Best Original Song at the 85th Academy Awards and the 70th Golden Globe Awards for the song "Suddenly" from the 2012 movie version of Les Misérables.[2]

Kretzmer died on 14 October 2020 in London from Parkinson's disease-related problems at the age of 95.[3]


  1. [1] Archived 9 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "70th Golden Globe Awards Nominations". Deadline.com. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  3. Les Misérables lyricist Herbert Kretzmer has died

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