Andre Previn
Date of Birth
Apr 06, 1929
Birth Place:
Berlin, Germany


Born in Germany, composer Andre Previn spent much of his adolescence in Los Angeles. After studying musical composition with Mario Castenuovo-Tedasco, Previn sought out work in Hollywood, where his cousin Charles Previn was already an established composer (another Previn, Andre's younger brother Steve Previn, became a film and TV director). At 19, Previn was hired as an arranger by MGM. Functioning in this capacity and as composer and musical director, Previn was honored several times by the Academy Awards folks, earning nominations for Kiss Me Kate (1953), Two for the Show (1955), It's Always Fair Weather (1955), Bells are Ringing (1960), Pepe (1960) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), and winning Oscars for Gigi (1958) and Porgy and Bess (1959). With his first wife Dory Langdon (who, as Dory Previn, went on to an impressive musical career of her own), he composed the Oscar-nominated "Faraway Part of Town," which, as performed by Judy Garland, was the sole highlight of Pepe. Divorcing Dory in 1970, Previn married actress Mia Farrow, a union that lasted until 1979. A brilliant jazz and classical pianist, Previn has turned out several top-selling record albums, some of which have earned Grammies. From 1968 to 1979, he was director of the London Symphony Orchestra, and from 1985 to 1989 he wielded the baton for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition, he was heard and seen in a series of TV hi-fi commercials. In 1992, Andre Previn wrote his autobiography, No Minor Chords: My Days in Hollywood. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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