Marilyn & Alan Bergman, lyricists
Marilyn and Alan Bergman are song-writing legends. Born in the same hospital in Brooklyn, New York, Alan in 1925 and Marilyn four years later, he studied music and theater arts at the University of North Carolina and UCLA, and she became a music major at New York’s High School of Music and Art and graduated from New York University in psychology and English. They began writing lyrics together in 1956 — they celebrated the golden anniversary of their collaboration, in 2006, with a gala concert in Carnegie Hall — and married two years later. During their career, they have collaborated with Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, Cy Coleman, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mandel, John Williams, Quincy Jones and many other musical luminaries to create such standards as The Windmills of Your Mind, The Way We Were, Nice ’n’ Easy, In the Heat of the Night, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?, The Summer Knows, Where Do You Start?, You Must Believe In Spring and dozens of others for film, television, stage, concert and recording. Their honors are almost unmatched: they have received sixteen Academy Awards nominations (including three of the five nominated songs in both 1983 and 1984) and won three Oscars as well as four Emmys, two Golden Globes and a Grammy; they were inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame; they received the Clooney Foundation Singers Salute to the Songwriter Award and the Songwriter’s Guild Aggie Award; they hold Honorary Doctorate degrees from the Berklee College of Music in Boston; they were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards by the National Academy of Songwriters, National Music Publishers Association, Johnny Mercer Foundation and Flanders Film Festival, and a cultural Medal of Honor from the government of Spain. In 2002 they received the Governor’s Award from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Marilyn Bergman also served as President and Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) from 1994 to 2009 and as the first Chairman of the Library of Congress National Sound Recording Preservation Board, received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for a Distinguished Alumnus from New York’s High School of Music and Art and an Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College, and was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. Alan Bergman is on the Executive Committee of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was bestowed the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of North Carolina.