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Andre Previn, Oscar-winning composer, has died at 89

Lindsey Bahr
Associated Press
Composer and conductor Andre Previn in 1991.

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

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

Previn was a child prodigy whose family fled Nazi Germany. 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.

Andre Previn conducts the the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra during the Lucerne Festival in the concert hall in Lucerne, Switzerland on Sept. 1, 2004.