Oscar-Winning Composer André Previn Dies @ 89

Composer and pianist André Previn died Thursday at home in NYC, The Telegraph reports. He was 89.

A career that stretched back 73 years (Image via album cover)

Previn was Berlin-born, Paris-raised and moved to L.A in the 1940s.

Still just in his teens, the prodigy began composing music for films, starting with The Sun Comes Up (1949).

He went on to win four Oscars (out of 13 nominations) for the scores of Gigi (1958), Porgy & Bess (1959), Irma La Douce (1963) and My Fair Lady (1964), and 10 Grammys. He also received a Grammy for lifetime achievement.

On TV in England, he hosted Meet André Previn (1969), and appeared on the wildly popular Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show in 1972 and 1972, gigs that are fondly remembered there to this day.

Married five times, his most famous coupling was with actress Mia Farrow (b. 1945), with whom he had three children and adopted two more, Lark Song and Soon-Yi (b. circa 1970). When Soon-Yi became romantically involved with her future husband, Farrow's partner Woody Allen (b. 1935) — who is often erroneously named as the adoptive father of Soon-Yi — Previn publicly and bitterly disowned his daughter.

Previn is survived by six of his seven children, including Soon-Yi.

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