Dory Previn

Dory Previn (née Dorothy Langan), lyricist, singer-songwriter and poet, was born on 22 October 1925 and died on 14 February 2012. According to Wikipedia:

During the late 1950s and 1960s she was a lyricist on songs intended for motion pictures and, with her then husband, André Previn, received several Academy Award nominations. In the 1970s, after their divorce, she released six albums of original songs and an acclaimed live album. Previn’s lyrics from this period are characterized by their originality, irony and honesty in dealing with her troubled personal life as well as more generally about relationships, sexuality, religion and psychology.

One reason given for the direction her post-divorce career was André Previn’s 1968 affair with (and subsequent marriage to) the young actress Mia Farrow, which provided the theme for her song “Beware of Young Girls”; it also provides the rationale for today’s clerihew.


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