Andre Previn dies aged 89, known for Morecambe and Wise appearances

Andre Previn, the pianist, composer and conductor whose broad reach took in the worlds of Hollywood, jazz and classical music, has died at the age of 89.

His manager Linda Petrikova said Previn passed away on Thursday in his Manhattan home.

Previn, a child prodigy whose family fled Nazi Germany, was married five times – his third wife being actress Mia Farrow.  

Legendary conductor and Oscar-winning composer Andre Previn has died at the age of 89

Legendary conductor and Oscar-winning composer Andre Previn has died at the age of 89

Legendary conductor and Oscar-winning composer Andre Previn has died at the age of 89

Previn with his third wife, actress Mia Farrow, and their adopted Vietnamese daughter, Kym Lark, in the early 1970s

Previn with his third wife, actress Mia Farrow, and their adopted Vietnamese daughter, Kym Lark, in the early 1970s

Previn with his third wife, actress Mia Farrow, and their adopted Vietnamese daughter, Kym Lark, in the early 1970s

As a teenager, he found work as a composer and arranger in the musical sweatshops of Hollywood, mostly at MGM, winning four Oscars for his orchestrations of such stylish musicals as 1964’s ‘My Fair Lady.’

He then abandoned Hollywood for a career as a classical conductor.   

In 1971, he famously appeared in an episode of Morecambe And Wise in a sketch involving a piano concerto that goes very wrong.

 

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