Celebrated composer ROBERT WRIGHT died of natural causes on Wednesday (27JUL05) at his home in Miami, Florida. He was 90.

Wright and his musical partner GEORGE 'CHET' FORREST shot to fame in 1937 with their hit movie musical MAYTIME, and went on to write the music and lyrics for more than 50 films, including MANNEQUIN, MUSIC IN MY HEART and FLYING WITH MUSIC.

The duo won a Tony Award for best musical in 1954, for their hit Broadway show KISMET, which tells the story of an impoverished poet who sells rhymes in Baghdad.

Forrest died in 1999, bringing an end to a creative partnership which spanned more than seven decades.

31/07/2005 09:27