Marilyn Bergman, who formed a prolific award-winning lyricist team with husband Alan Bergman, has died at the age of 93, Fox News reported.
She reportedly passed away early Saturday morning with her husband and their daughter Julie by her side from a non-COVID-19-related respiratory failure.
Over the course of their several decades-long careers, Marilyn and Alan Bergman helped compose and write lyrics for numerous TV shows and hundreds of movie soundtracks, according to her IMDb page.
Along the way, they racked up numerous prestigious awards and nominations within their industry, and were highly regarded for their work.
All told, the Bergman’s notched 16 wins total in addition to being nominated for at least 46 other awards.
Per Deadline, those honors include “three Academy Awards, four Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and one Cable Ace Award, among others.”
The outlet further noted that in addition to her prolific lyricist work, Marilyn Bergman was also quite busy in terms of political and social activism, largely focused on elevating women in the entertainment industry and backing Democratic Party causes.
Mourned by friends
According to The Hollywood Reporter, one of the stars with whom Bergman formed a close bond and often worked was actress and singer Barbara Streisand, who mourned the loss of her longtime friend in a statement posted to social media.
Marilyn and Alan Bergman were like family, as well as brilliant lyricists.
We met over 60 years ago backstage at a little night club, and never stopped loving each other and working together.
Their songs are timeless, and so is our love.
May she rest in peace.
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) January 8, 2022
In addition to everything else, Bergman was also the first woman elected to the board of directors for the American Society of Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1985, going on to serve as president and chairman of the organization until 2009, and her passing was noted by current chairman and president Paul Williams.
“It is with deep sadness that I personally, and all of ASCAP, mourn the passing of Marilyn Bergman, one of the greatest lyricists who ever lived and truly ASCAP royalty,” Williams said.
“She was a brilliant songwriter who together with her husband gave us some of the most beautiful and enduring lyrics of all time. She was a tireless and fierce advocate for music creators not only during her term as president and chairman of ASCAP but throughout her life. Our community will miss her intelligence, her wit and her wisdom. Alan — we mourn with you.”
Marilyn Bergman is survived by her husband since 1958, Alan, as well as their daughter, Julie Bergman Sender, and her husband, along with granddaughter Emily Sender. She will certainly be missed by those who knew her.