The ASCAP family is heartbroken by the loss of great lyricist and former ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman, who passed away at the age of 93 on Saturday. An Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning, Hall of Fame Songwriter, Bergman and her beloved husband Alan penned some of the most iconic songs of all time in a career spanning over 60 years. She made history as the first woman elected to ASCAP’s Board of Directors and elected as ASCAP’s President and Chairman. Her 15-year tenure as President and Chairman, from 1994 to 2009, was marked by a series of noteworthy achievements, all of which have had a positive and lasting impact on music creators.
In a statement, ASCAP President and Chairman, songwriter Paul Williams said: “It is with deep sadness that I personally, and all of ASCAP, mourn the passing of Marilyn Bergman – one of the greatest lyricists who ever lived and truly ASCAP royalty. She was a brilliant songwriter who together with her husband, Alan Bergman, gave us some of the most beautiful and enduring lyrics of all time. She was a tireless and fierce advocate for music creators not only during her term as President and Chairman of ASCAP but throughout her life. Our community will miss her intelligence, her wit and her wisdom. Alan – we mourn with you and your family.”