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Veteran film composer David Raksin dies at 92
9-Aug-2004 - LOS ANGELES - David Raksin, the composer of "Laura," "The Bad and the Beautiful" and dozens of other classic film scores, died of heart failure Monday, August 9, at his home in Van Nuys, Calif. He was 92 and had been in failing health for the past several weeks.

One of the most respected of all American film composers, Raksin began his distinguished movie career in 1935, when he came to Hollywood to assist Charlie Chaplin with the music of "Modern Times." Throughout his career he composed music for more than 100 films, including Laura (1944), one of the most-recorded songs in history with more than 400 different versions.

He is survived by a son, Alex, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times; a daughter, Tina; and three grandchildren. Services will be private. A public memorial is pending.

The Film Music Society, where Raksin served as President during the 1990s, has published a detailed obituary including highlights of Raksin's life, both as a composer and educator.

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