Michel Legrand

French film score composer (1932-2019)

Michel Legrand (24 February 1932 – 26 January 2019) was a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist. He was born Courbevoie, in present-day France.

Michel Legrand
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Legrand in 2015 at the Cabourg Film Festival.
Michel Jean Legrand

(1932-02-24)24 February 1932
Paris, France
Died26 January 2019(2019-01-26) (aged 86)
Paris, France
OccupationFilm score composer
Jazz pianist
Years active1954–2019

Legrand was a well-known composer. He has written over 200 movie and television scores, as well as many memorable songs.[1]

He was best known for his movie music, such as The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Thomas Crown Affair (1968). The Thomas Crown Affair featured the song "The Windmills of Your Mind". Legrand won his first Academy Award for this song.[2] He would win another Academy Award in 1971 for Summer of '42.

Legrand died suddenly from sepsis after suffering from a lung infection in Paris on 26 January 2019 at the age of 86.[3][4]


  1. Chinen, Nate (10 March 2007). "Music in Review; Michel Legrand". New York Times. Retrieved 9 December 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Michel Legrand". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 4 June 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Oscar-winning French composer Michel Legrand dies at 86". france24.com. 2019-01-26. Retrieved 26 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. France-Presse, Agence (2019-01-26). "Michel Legrand, Oscar-winning composer, dies aged 86". The Guardian.

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