Oscar-Winning Composer Elmer Bernstein, 82, Dies

Listen: Listen to an Extended Version of Pat Dowell's Appreciation of Bernstein. <i>(Originally aired April 4, 1997, to mark Bernstein's 75th birthday.)</i>

Elmer Bernstein at the 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in March 2003.

hide captionElmer Bernstein at the 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in March 2003.

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Prolific Hollywood composer Elmer Bernstein, who wrote the scores for such films as The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven and To Kill a Mockingbird, died Wednesday at age 82. Nominated for an Oscar 14 times, Bernstein won once for Thoroughly Modern Millie. Pat Dowell has an appreciation.

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