Alan Bergman

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For the American ballet dancer, see Alan Bergman (dancer).
Alan Bergman
Born (1925-09-11) September 11, 1925 (age 89)
Brooklyn, New York
Occupations Lyricist, songwriter
Years active 1950s-present
Associated acts Marilyn Bergman
Website www.alanandmarilynbergman.com

Alan Bergman (born September 11, 1925) is an American lyricist and songwriter.

Life & career[edit]

Born to Jewish[1] parents in Brooklyn, New York, he studied at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UCLA. His involvement in the entertainment industry began in the early 1950s as a director of children's television shows. He and his wife Marilyn Bergman, whom he married in 1958, were born in the same hospital and raised in the same Brooklyn neighborhood, but did not meet until each had relocated to Los Angeles. Together they have written the music and lyrics for numerous television shows, films, and stage musicals.

In 1983, the couple became the first songwriters ever to have written three of the five tunes nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song - "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" from Best Friends, "It Might Be You" from Tootsie (with Dave Grusin), and "If We Were in Love" from Yes, Giorgio (with John Williams); "Up Where We Belong" from "An Officer and a Gentleman" won that year.They also wrote the popular theme song And Then There's Maude for the hit Norman Lear television series Maude.

Bergman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980 and in 1995 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Berklee College of Music. He is a member of the board of Barbra Streisand's charitable foundation. In 2011, he was presented with a Distinguished Alumnus award from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was initiated as a member of the Alpha Rho Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity at UNC in 1943.

Works[edit]

Bergman's and his wife's credits include:

With music by Marvin Hamlisch
With music by Michel Legrand

In 2007, Bergman released his first album as a vocalist, Lyrically, Alan Bergman, featuring some of the Bergmans' best known lyrics. Barbra Streisand's 2011 album What Matters Most was recorded in tribute to the Bergmans.

Bergman's talents can be seen on the podcast The Quincy Jones Show.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jewish songwriters alphabetical". Retrieved August 30, 2013. 

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