Thursday, April 18, 2024

(Listen) Marilyn Bergman and Husband Alan Also Wrote 3 Classic TV Theme Songs Including “Maude” and “Good Times”


Marilyn Bergman and her husband, Alan Bergman, wrote the lyrics to Oscar winners, hit songs, everything you can imagine from “The Way We Were” to “The Windmills of Your Mind.”

But they also wrote the lyrics to three famous TV themes: “Good Times,” “Maude,” and “Alice.” If you wanted an evocative lyric in the Golden Days of songs, you went to the Bergmans. They were the gold standard along with Hal David (who wrote with Burt Bacharach) and Comden and Green from Broadway. Alan, born in 1925, is hanging in there. But a great chapter is coming to an end.

Two of the shows were produced by Norman Lear, of course, “Good Times” and “Maude.” The 99 year old producer wrote on Twitter:  “There was only one Marilyn Bergman. No one knew that more than her husband and partner in music, Alan. To those of us who loved the Bergman’s lyrics, Marilyn takes a bit of our hearts and souls with her today.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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