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It turns out that the pic of the deceased Andre Previn was actually of
the still-living Leonard Slatkin.
The Emmys Mourned André Previn With a Photo of Leonard Slatkin
Previn's death was commemorated in the show's in memoriam montage, but
a photo of a living composer and conductor was shown on air.
By Julia Jacobs
Sept. 23, 2019
Updated 6:15 p.m. ET
The Emmys in memoriam montage on Sunday sought to commemorate André
Previn, who died at age 89 in February. But the photo onscreen was of
another conductor entirely.
The man pictured on TV was Leonard Slatkin, who turned 75 this month
and is very much alive.
Mr. Slatkin tweeted about the mistake on Monday morning, writing,
"Andre deserved better."
I saw that @theemmys posted a photo of me "In Memoriam" rather than
the intended Andre Previn. Andre deserved better. I had the opportunity
to introduce him when he received the @KCHonors. Perhaps he was paying
me back for a couple stories I told about him. Andre, R.I.P.
Previn was a jazz pianist, conductor and composer who wrote or arranged
the music for dozens of movies throughout his lifetime. His obituary
described him as an artist who "blurred the boundaries between jazz,
pop and classical music — and between composing, conducting and
performing — in an extraordinarily eclectic, award-filled career."
Throughout his life, Previn received six Emmy nominations, including
two for the public television series "Previn and the Pittsburgh,"
broadcast when he was the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra. Previn received four Academy Awards. In 1961 alone, he was
nominated for three Oscars for the scores for "Elmer Gantry" and "Bells
Are Ringing" and the song "Faraway Part of Town" from the comedy
Previn became a character in the celebrity gossip pages because of his
romance with the actress Mia Farrow, who left Frank Sinatra, her
husband, and married Previn after having an affair with him. The couple
divorced in 1979.
Mr. Slatkin is mostly known for his prolific career in conducting,
having led the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony
Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra, among others. He remains
the music director laureate for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
A spokesman for the awards show provided a statement saying, "The
producers for the 71st Emmy Awards, the Television Academy and Fox
sincerely apologize for this error. All in memoriam mentions on the
Television Academy's website feature accurate imagery for Mr. Previn."
This is not the first time an awards show has mistaken a deceased
honoree for a living person. At the Oscars in 2017, the in memoriam
segment sought to honor Janet Patterson, an Australian costume
designer. Instead, they showed a picture of an Australian film
producer, Jan Chapman, who said at the time that she was "devastated by
the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time
Because televised in memoriam segments on award shows have limited
time, there can be intense lobbying for the inclusion of some stars
leading up to the shows. To avoid ignoring some deaths entirely, the
Emmys created an online database several years ago that include short
biographies on people who were honored in the televised segment as well
as those who were not.