Mancini, Henry(1924–94) composer; born in Cleveland, Ohio. In the late-1940s and 1950s he was a pianist-arranger for the Glenn Miller band, a Hollywood arranger, and a composer for television dramas. With lyricist Johnny Mercer he wrote the Oscar-winning standards "Moon River," for the film Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and the title song for Days of Wine and Roses (1962). He wrote the well-known score for The Pink Panther (1964) and won an Oscar for Victor/Victoria (1982).
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