The conductor and composer André Previn has died at the age of 89. He died at his home in New York on Thursday morning.

Previn was known for his career in Hollywood, his love of classical music and as a jazz pianist. He won four Academy Awards.

But many will remember him attempting to perform Grieg’s piano concerto with Morecambe and Wise. He conducted the London Symphony Orchestra and was married five times.

The jazz singer, Betty Bennett, became his first wife; the couple quickly had two daughters and, just as swiftly, split.

A few years later, the lyricist Dory Langdon became his second wife and song-writing partner.

Together they wrote Oscar-nominated numbers for the films Pepe (1960) and Two For the Seesaw (1962).

He won Oscars for Gigi, Porgy and Bess, Irma La Douce and My Fair Lady.

One of his more famous marriages was to actress and activist Mia Farrow, former wife of Frank Sinatra.

Following his death, Farrow shared a picture of her and Previn together and wrote: “See you in the Morning beloved Friend. May you rest in glorious symphonies.”

The couple were married from 1970 to 1979 and had three biological children.

They also adopted three other children, including Soon-Yi, who went on to marry Woody Allen, Farrow’s partner – after her break-up with Previn.

Previn later married Heather Mary Hales, and they divorced 17 years later.

His final marriage, in 2002, was to the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, whose musical ability he greatly admired. The couple lived in Germany – the land of his birth – but divorced after 6 years.

He was the one of the most talented all-round musicians of the twentieth century; a household name rarely off television sets in the 1970s.

He became well known on British television with a series called Music Night – in which he played and conducted classical pieces and introduced a range of musical guests.

But nothing compared with Morecambe and Wise.


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