- Legrand, Michel
- (February 24, 1932, Paris, France-)The son of composer and bandleader Raymond Legrand (1908-1974), he entered the Paris Conservatory at age eleven. Having graduated with a first prize for solfège the following year and a first prize for harmony at age seventeen, he started his professional career as an accompanist for famous French singers (Juliette Gréco, Henri Salvador, Catherine Sauvage, Maurice Chevalier, Zizi Jeanmaire). He soon began writing successful songs. In 1952, he had his first contact with cinema as an actor (1952 Son Dernier Noël, Jacques Daniel-Norman). From 1952 (Le Témoin de Minuit, co-composer with Raymond Legrand, Dimitri Kirsanoff) to 2008 (Disco, Fabien Onteniente), he scored more than 170 movies, including memorable Jacques Demy musicals (1964 Les Parapluies de Cherbourg / Die Regenschirme von Cherbourg / The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Jacques Demy, France / West Germany; 1967 Les Demoiselles de Ro-chefort / USA: The Young Girls of Rochefort; 1970 Peau d'Âne / UK: Once upon a Time / USA: Donkey Skin) and many excellent American productions (1968 Sweet November, Robert Ellis Miller; Ice Station Zebra, John Sturges, The Thomas Crown Affair, Norman Jewison; 1969 Castle Keep, Sydney Pollack; 1972 Potnoy's Complaint, Ernest Lehmann). He won three Oscars: one for the song "The Windmills of Your Mind" from the film The Thomas Crown Affair (Norman Jewison, 1968), the second for the score of The Summer of '42 (Robert Mulligan, 1971), and the third for the song score of Yentl (Barbra Streisand, 1983).Filmography1989 ◘ Cinq Jours en Juin
Encyclopedia of French film directors . Philippe Rège. 2011.