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March 30, 2009

Maurice Jarre has died

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The Oscar-winning composer lost his battle with cancer in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 84.

Maurice Jarre became a household name after partnering with director David Lean for 1962's breathtaking Lawrence of Arabia, for which he was awarded his first Academy Award for Best Score. He would continue to work with Lean (and win two further Oscars) on Doctor Zhivago and A Passage to India.

The composer of more than 150 films (including the 1970s television mini-series Jesus of Nazarath), Jarre is also known for lending his unique sound to Dead Poet's Society, Ghost, Witness, Gorillas in the Mist, The Mosquito Coast, Fatal Attraction and No Way Out.

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