Marilyn Bergman, the Oscar-winning lyricist who teamed with husband Alan Bergman on The Way We Were, How Do You Keep the Music Playing? and hundreds of other songs, has died at her Los Angeles home, according to a West Australian report. She was 93.
She died of respiratory failure not related to COVID-19, according to a representative, Jason Lee.
Her husband was reportedly at her bedside when she died on Saturday.
The Bergmans, who married in 1958, were among the most enduring, successful and productive songwriting partnerships, specialising in introspective ballades for film, television and the stage that combined the romance of Tin Pan Alley with the polish of contemporary pop.
They worked with some of the world’s top melodists, including Marvin Hamlisch, Cy Coleman and Michel Legrand, and were covered by some of the world’s greatest singers, from Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand to Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson.