All Quiet Now: Dory Previn

Dory Previn, the US singer and composer who collaborated with former husband Andre on two Oscar-nominated songs, has died in Massachusetts at the age of 86. Born Dorothy Veronica Langan in 1925, she began as a lyricist before finding success as a solo artist in the 1970s. She married Andre Previn in 1959 and worked with him on the theme to 1967’s Valley of the Dolls. After he left her for Mia Farrow, she recorded such albums as On My Way to Where and Mythical Kings and Iguanas. According to the New York Times, her difficult childhood, divorce from Previn and bouts of mental illness informed her music. The six albums she released in the 1970s were confessional and confrontational. Beware Of Young Girls, a track from On My Way To Where, directly addressed Mia Farrow’s role in the break-up of her marriage. “Beware of young girls, who come to the door, wistful and pale, of twenty and four,” she sang. “She was my friend. She was invited to my house,” the lyrics continued. “She admired my wedding ring”. Her death on Tuesday at her Southfield farm was confirmed by husband Joby Baker, a Canadian actor she married in 1984. Soul-bearing Dory was born in New Jersey in the 1920s and, after school, attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She worked as an actress and a dancer until...

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