Unfortunately, the world-renowned composer and pianist Burt Bacharach has died. He passed away at the age of 94 from natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, February 8. The heartbreaking news of his demise was shared by his publicist, Tina Brausam.
Burt composed hundreds of pop songs from the late 1950s. He created many tracks in collaboration with lyricist Hal David. He penned hits for artists like Gene Pitney, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Jackie DeShannon, and many more.
Some of the well-known hits of the God-gifted composer Bacharach are as follows: Richard Chamberlain’s Close to You, Aretha Franklin’s I Say a Little Prayer, and Dionne Warwick’s I Walk on By.
On the other hand, when we spill the beans on the personal life of the famous songwriter, throughout his life, he walked down the aisle a total of 4 times. Continue reading further to learn everything about the legendary musician’s wife Jane Hansen and his other marriages and children.
Who is Burt Bacharach’s wife Jane Hansen and how old is she?
Burt Bacharach was one the most important and influential songwriters in the world. His wife Jane Hansen is an athlete and former ski instructor by profession. Hansen is 32 years younger than the late composer. As of this moment, she is 62 years old.
For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, Burt and his wife Jane crossed paths for the first time during a holiday in Aspen, Colorado, after Burt’s third marriage to lyricist Carole Bayer Sager came to an end. Burt and Jane got married in the year 1993.
After his marriage to Jane Henson, the six-time Grammy winner kept most of their relationship away from the flashing cameras. Apart from this, the two of them were seen together at media events.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, in an earlier interview, the American composer talked about his love life. Then, he stated that finding your true love is similar to making the perfect track.
At that time, Burt said, “I don’t like splitting up with people. But then the harder part of me will say, ‘I’ve just got this one shot, and I’ll just keep going until I get it right.’ So it’s not so far away from trying to make the perfect record.”
How many kids do Burt Bacharach and Jane Henson have?
Bacharach and Jane share two kids. The pair welcomed two children together, a son named Oliver and a daughter whose name is Raleigh. As of right now, the pair’s son Oliver is 30 years old and their daughter Raleigh is 27 years old.
Burt Bacharach was married 4 times
Yeah, you read that right. Over the years, Burt Bacharach who penned numerous hit songs, including “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”, and “This Guy’s In Love With You” tied the knot with four different women.
At first, the prolific composer got married to actress Paula Stewart. The two of them exchanged their vows in the year 1953. According to her IMDb page, Burt provided accompaniment and wrote arrangements while she performed her Nice To See You act at the Versailles Club in 1953 and they reportedly got hitched around the same time. Their marriage wasn’t built to last for eternity as they called it quits after 5 years of marriage in 1958.
Paula was an entertainer and she performed in many different aspects of the entertainment business. Back in the day, she was a part of many live performances including multiple plays and musicals on Broadway. Keeping aside her music career, she also starred in a couple of movies and TV shows and even donned the producer’s hat for the 1970 movie Dinah East.
All you need to know about Burt Bacharach’s second wife Angie Dickinson
After his split from his first wife Paula Stewart, Burt moved on in his life with Gun The Man Down actress Angie Dickinson. The couple exchanged their vows in 1965. They welcomed a daughter together and named her Nikki. They pulled the plug on their relationship after 15 years together in 1981.
Angie was a popular actress who appeared in movies like China Gate (1957), Ocean’s 11 (1960), The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961), Jessica (1962), Captain Newman, M.D. (1963), The Killers (1964), and The Art of Love (1965). Along with this, she also starred in a few major films such as Rio Bravo and Dressed to Kill. She even bagged nominations for three Primetime Emmys.
Sadly, the former couple’s only daughter Nikki died by suicide in January 2007. She left for the heavenly abode at the age of 40 after she was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as a child.
As per Hollywood Reporter, at that time, her family revealed that she had taken her life via a statement that read, “She loved kitties, and earthquakes, glacial calving, meteor showers, science, blue skies and sunsets, and Tahiti.”
Carole Bayer Sager was Burt Bacharach’s third wife
The late composer’s third marriage came in 1982. He wed his third wife Carole Bayer Sager, 75, in October 1982. Just like her former partner Burt, Carole is an incredibly successful songwriter in her own right. Over the years, she has penned many hit songs like “You’re Moving Out Today” from her self-titled debut record in 1977.
Throughout their marriage, Burt and Carole joined hands for a couple of songs such as Oscar-winning “Arthur’s Theme,” sung by Christopher Crossfrom the 1981 movie Arthur. In the year 1985, the couple adopted a son Christopher Elton Bacharach. The pair decided to go their separate ways in 1991.
What did Burt Bacharach have to say about his 4 marriages?
During a 2015 interview with The Telegraph, Burt talked about his former relationships and said that he “didn’t mean to hurt anybody.” In the interview, he went on to say, I thought I was a good kid, and I didn’t mean to hurt anybody but when you wind up being married four times, there are a lot of bodies strewn in your wake.”
Our love and prayers go out to the friends and family members of the brilliant composer and pianist Burt Bacharach during this time of difficulty. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.