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Honored with SHOF’s highest accolade, the Johnny Mercer Award, in 1997.


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 in the Fall of 2003, joined 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 multiple songwriting accolades, including Emmys, Grammys, and three separate Oscars, for "The Windmills of Your Mind" (1968); "The Way We Were" (1975); and the score for 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 for 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, was elected president and chairman of the ASCAP board. She completed her tenure as president in 2009 but remains involved in…

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Discography Highlights

IT MIGHT BE YOU Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, David Grusin
EMI Golden Torch Music Corp./Threesome Music Co.

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