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PREVIN, Dory
(b Dory Langdon, 22 Oct., Woodbridge NJ) Lyricist; became singer/songwriter in uncompromising feminist/confessional mode. She sang and danced in night clubs as a child, left home at 16 to study acting but toured in chorus lines; original songs led to work at MGM, then UA; she wrote TV music, married Andr‚ Previn: they made album Dory And Andr‚ Previn '57 on DRG with Kenny Burrell, collaborated on film work. She was nominated for Oscars for film songs 'The Faraway Part Of Town' (with Previn, for Pepe '60; sung by Judy Garland), 'Come Saturday Morning' (with Fred Karlin) for The Sterile Cuckoo '69, sung by the Sandpipers behind the credits and on top 20 hit (also by Liza Minnelli); also 'A Second Chance' from Seesaw. She also wrote (with Previn) 'You're Gonna Hear From Me', sung by Jackie Ward in soundtrack of Inside Daisy Clover '65, also recorded by Andy Williams; songs for Valley Of The Dolls '67 incl. 'It's Impossible', 'I'll Plant My Own Tree', title theme (no. 2 hit '68 by Dionne Warwick); also title song for Last Tango In Paris '73 with Gato Barbieri, others. Meanwhile the marriage failed and she was hospitalized c'65, came back as performer of tough, cathartic material, rewarding for those who can take it: albums Mythical Kings And Iguanas, Reflections In A Mud Puddle, Mary C. Brown '72 (full title of stage musical Mary C. Brown And The Hollywood Sign), On My Way To Where (also the title of a collection of lyrics and poems), Live At Carnegie Hall '73 on UA; Dory Previn '74, Children Of Coincidence '77 on WB; One A.M. Phone Calls '77 on UA again. Also wrote shows The Flight Of The Gooney Bird, screenplay/music for TV movie Third Girl From The Left.


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