Legendary Composer and Four-Time Oscar Winner André Previn Dead at 89
André Previn died on February 28 in New York City
Legendary composer and pianist André Previn has died.
The 10-time Grammy Award winner, who also earned four Oscars throughout his lifetime, died in his Manhattan home on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. He was 89.
Previn’s love for music started at an early age after he and his family fled Nazi Germany for the United States. He later moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a composer and arranger at MGM and other musical units in Hollywood, the Associated Press reported.
In 1967, Previn was hired as the music director for the Houston Symphony Orchestra. His beloved opera A Streetcar Named Desire premiered the following year at the San Francisco Opera, which scored the Grand Prix du Disque.
The famed musician won his first Grammy Award in 1958 for best soundtrack album, dramatic picture score or original cast for Gigi. Previn also won an Academy Award for best music for Gigi in 1958 and in 1959 he won the same award for Porgy & Bess.
Previn later scored a trophy for best jazz instrumental album for West Side Story at the Grammy Awards in 1961.
His immense impact on music was recognized in 2010 when he was honored with a lifetime achievement award.
In addition to his many accolades, Previn was a devoted father to 10 children and was married five times.
In 1952 Previn married jazz singer Betty Bennett and the former couple shared two daughters Alicia and Claudia Previn. Previn and Bennett divorced in 1957.
He married another singer, Dory Langan in 1959. The two collaborated on a number of musical projects together including Valley of the Dolls. Together, they were nominated for two Academy Awards for the song “Faraway Part of Town” from Pepe (1960) and “Second Chance” from Two for the Seesaw (1962). Langan died in 2012.
In 1970, Previn married Mia Farrow. Together, the former couple had three biological children — twins Matthew and Sascha, born in 1970 and Fletcher born in 1974.
Previn and Farrow, 74, also adopted children together — Vietnamese daughters Lark and Summer Song and Korean daughter Soon-Yi Previn. Soon-Yi is married to Woody Allen.
Farrow spoke out on Previn’s death on Twitter writing, “See you in the Morning beloved Friend. May you rest in glorious symphonies.” Farrow and Previn split in 1979.
The following year Previn married Heather Sneddon, whom he fathered two children with Li-An Mary and Lukas Alexander. The couple divorced after 17 years.
Previn’s fifth wife was German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. They tied the knot in 2002 and split in 2006.