Alan Bergman (born September
11, 1925) is an American lyricist and songwriter.
Brooklyn, New York, he studied
at University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill and UCLA.
involvement in the entertainment industry began in the early 1950s
as a director
television shows. He and his wife Marilyn Bergman, whom he married in 1958,
were born in the same hospital and raised in the same Brooklyn
neighborhood, but didn't meet until each had relocated to Los Angeles.
Together they have written the music and
lyrics for numerous television shows, films, and stage
In 1983, the couple became the first songwriters ever to have
written three of the five tunes nominated for an Academy Award for
Best Song - "How Do
You Keep the Music Playing?
" from Best Friends,
"It Might Be You
" from Tootsie
), and "If We Were in Love" from Yes, Giorgio
(with John Williams
was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980
and in 1995 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Berklee College
He is a member of the board of The Streisand Foundation
Bergman and his wife's credits include:
- Lyrics for "The Windmills
of Your Mind," "You Don't
Bring Me Flowers," "Yellow
Bird," "What Are You Doing the
Rest of Your Life?," "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?, "and
the score from Yentl, with music by
- Lyrics for "The Way We Were," with music by Marvin Hamlisch
and music for Ballroom," a
1978 Broadway musical,
"Never Say Never Again" from the film of the same name, the theme songs
for the television series The
Sandy Duncan Show," "Maude,
Good Times, and "Moonlight," featured
in the film Sabrina.
- Lyrics for "I Knew I Loved You," the Quincy-Jones-produced
Celine Dion song that was the theme for the movie "Once Upon a Time
- Lyrics for "Something More!"
with music by Sammy Fain
- Bergman's talents can be seen on Jones's new podcast, "The
Quincy Jones Show."
In 2007, Bergman released his first album as a vocalist,
, featuring some of the Bergmans' best known