Prolific French composer Michel Legrand , who won three Oscars during a career spanning more than half a century , is dead , his spokesman said on Saturday .He was 86 years old .
He followed that with Oscars for his music for “ Summer of ’ 42 ” in 1972 and for “Yentl ” in 1984.
He was also won five Grammys .
Legrand , who had been scheduled to stage concerts in Paris in April, died during the night, his spokesman told AFP .
He first began working as an accompanist and arranger in the 1960 s.
During his long career , he worked with Miles Davies, Ray Charles, Orson Welles, Jean Cocteau , Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf.
Legrand was also known for his scores for French New Wave director Jacques Demy for the films “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg ” (“ The Umbrellas of Cherbourg ”) in 1964 and “ Les Demoiselles de Rochefort” (“ The Young Ladies of Rochefort”) in 1967 , both of which received Academy Award nominations .
( AFP )
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