David Raksin's Interesting Facts

1 Raskin recorded a commentary track (with film historian Jeanine Basinger) on the DVD of "Laura".
2 Brother of Ruby Raksin.
3 Raksin started out working with dance bands and arranging music for Broadway shows. He came to Hollywood to work with Charlie Chaplin on the music for "Modern Times". Chaplin hummed and whistled melodies, and Raksin wrote them down and arranged them into the score.
4 Wrote the wonderfully, haunting melodic theme song for the 1944 movie "Laura". The inspiration for writing this piece of music was after his first wife separated from him.
5 He had a son, Alex, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times, a daughter, Tina; and three grandchildren.
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