Maurice Jarre

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Maurice-Alexis Jarre (13 September 192428 March 2009) was a French composer and conductor best known for his film scores, particularly for his collaborations with film director David Lean.  Jarre composed the scores to all of Lean's films from Lawrence of Arabia (1962) on.  Jarre was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning three in the Best Original Score category for Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and A Passage to India (1984), all of which were directed by David Lean.  He also won four Golden Globes, two BAFTA Awards, and a Grammy Award.


  • One could say my life itself has been one long soundtrack.  Music was my life, music brought me to life, and music is how I will be remembered long after I leave this life.  When I die there will be a final waltz playing in my head that only I can hear.
    • This quote was actually crafted by University College Dublin student Shane Fitzgerald.  Shortly after Jarre's death, Fitzgerald uploaded the false quote to Wikipedia to test "how our globalised, increasingly internet-dependent media was upholding accuracy and accountability in an age of instant news," according to the Associated Press.  "The sociology major's made-up quote…flew straight on to dozens of US blogs and newspaper websites in Britain, Australia and India.  They used the fabricated material, Fitzgerald said, even though administrators at the free online encyclopedia quickly caught the quote's lack of attribution and removed it, but not quickly enough to keep some journalists from cutting and pasting it first.  A full month went by and nobody noticed the editorial fraud.  So Fitzgerald told several media outlets in an email and the corrections began."  The Guardian and The Herald "are among the only publications to make a public mea culpa," the Associated Press continues.  See "Student hoaxes world's media with fake Wiki quote," The Sydney Morning Herald (12 May 2009).

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