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'Valley of Dolls' co-composer Previn Shannon dies

February 14, 2012
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SOUTHFIELD, Mass.—Dory Previn Shannon, who helped pen the score for the film "Valley of the Dolls" and the theme for "Last Tango in Paris," has died. She was 86.

According to her husband, Joby Baker, Previn Shannon died Tuesday of natural causes at her farm in Southfield, Mass.

She earned Oscar nominations in the 1960s for writing lyrics alongside Andre Previn's music for the films "Pepe" and "Two for the Seesaw." She and Previn were married from 1959 to 1970.

She won an Emmy Award in 1984 for co-writing the theme song for the TV show "Two of a Kind."

She sang at Carnegie Hall, wrote a libretto for Mozart's opera "The Impresario" and recorded many albums, including "Reflections in a Mud Puddle" and "Mythical Kings and Iguanas.

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