A film composer whose work won three Oscars, including Best Original Song for his memorable “The Windmills of Your Mind” from “The Thomas Crown Affair,” has died. The New York Times reports that Michel Legrand died Saturday in Paris. He was 86.
Legrand was nominated for a total of 13 Oscars over the course of a career spanning more than 60 years. He also received 17 Grammy nominations, winning five Grammys. In 1969, when he won his Oscar for “The Windmills of Your Mind,” he was also nominated for two other Oscars, for Best Original Score for “The Thomas Crown Affair” and Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation), for “The Young Girls of Rochefort” (“Les demoiselles de Rochefort”).
He went on to win Oscars in 1972, for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score, for “Summer of ’42,” and in 1984, for Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score, for “Yentl.”
He began his impressive run at the Oscars in 1966, when he received three nominations for “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.”
Born in Paris, Legrand was also an accomplished jazz pianist, along with an arranger and conductor. He reportedly remained active until his death, and had concerts scheduled for this spring.