Dory Previn, Emmy-Winning and Oscar-Nominated Songwriter and Singer, Dead at 86

Feb 15, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A singer and lyricist who helped create music for a string of major movies, receiving three Academy Award nominations, has died, TheWrap.com reports. Dory Previn died Tuesday at 86 at her home in Southfield, Mass.


Previn often collaborated with her husband, composer Andre Previn. One of her most popular songs was the theme for "Valley of the Dolls," which became a hit for Dionne Warwick.

She was nominated for Oscars for best original song for the movies “The Sterile Cuckoo” (for the song “Come Saturday Morning”), “Two for the Seesaw” (“Song From Two for the Seesaw (Second Chance)”) and “Pepe” (“Faraway Part of Town”).

After her marriage to Andre Previn ended, Dory Previn suffered a breakdown and was institutionalized for a time. She later regrouped and launched a solo musical career, becoming a singer-songwriter with a loyal following.

Dory Previn won her Emmy for the song "We’ll Win This World" from the 1982 TV movie "Two of a Kind" starring George Burns and Robby Benson.

At the time of her death, she was married to painter Joby Baker.

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