Alan and Marilyn Bergman are recognized as one of the very few and certainly the most successful lyric writing teams in history.
The Bergmans were inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1980, and this year, join the select company of composers and lyricists who enjoy a second citation from the organization, the coveted Johnny Mercer Award, named in memory of the Hall of Fame's founding president. They have enjoyed multi songwriting accolades, including Emmys, Grammys and three separate Oscars, for "The Windmills of Your Mind" (1968); "The Way We Were" (1975); and for the score of "Yentl" (1984).
Their lyrics also have received l6 nominations, for such songs as "It Might Be You," from "Tootsie;" "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" from "Best Friends;" "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" and "The Way He Makes Me Feel," from "Yentl;" and "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" from "The Happy Ending." More recently, the Bergmans received both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for "Moonlight," performed by Sting in the Sydney Pollack film, "Sabrina."
Marilyn Keith was a music major at New York's High School of Music and Art and later studied psychology and English at New York University. After college she moved to Los Angeles and again picked up the musical thread of her life. In California, she met, collaborated with and then married Alan Bergman. In 1985, Marilyn became the first woman to be elected to the board of directors of ASCAP and in February 1994, after serving five terms on the board, was elected president and chairman of the board of the organization. She was just…