- NAME: Burt Bacharach
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Pianist, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: May 12, 1928 (Age: 85)
- Did You Know?: Burt Bacharach spent several years as Marlene Dietrich's accompanist.
- EDUCATION: McGill University, Music Academy of the West, New School for Social Research, Mannes School of Music
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Kansas City, Missouri
- Full Name: Burt Bacharach
- AKA: Burt F. Bacharach
- ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
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Songwriter Burt Bacharach is the man behind hits like "What the World Needs Now Is Love," "What's New Pussycat?" and "That's What Friends Are For."
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1 success and earned Bacharach a fourth Grammy in 1987. Bacharach worked with David again when the two wrote a new song for Warwick, "Sunny Weather Lover."
Appearing with Mike Myers in Austin Powers (1997) introduced Bacharach and his music to a new audience. Bacharach has also collaborated multiple times with Elvis Costello; together,
they won a Grammy for "I Still Have That Other Girl." Costello worked on Bacharach's album At This Time (2005), which also featured contributions from Dr. Dre and Rufus Wainwright. The album won Bacharach his sixth Grammy.
Bacharach has been married four times. His first wife was actress Paula Stewart. He next married actress Angie Dickinson. His third marriage was to Carole Bayer Sager, one of his songwriting partners. Most recently, he wed ski instructor Jane Hanson.
With Dickinson, Bacharach had a daughter, Nikki. Born several months premature, she suffered from developmental problems and was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome later in her life. Nikki committed suicide when she was 40. Bacharach shared some of the pain surrounding her death in his autobiography, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music (2013). He has three other children: a son from his third marriage and a son and daughter from his fourth marriage.
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