Margo Guryan, 2014 Oscar nominee for best foreign language film, dies at 84

WASHINGTON — Margo Guryan, whose 2015 album “Sincerely, Margo” was belatedly awarded an Academy Award nomination for best foreign language film, has died. She was 84.

Her son John Cocks said in a Thursday statement that Guryan died early Wednesday in Los Angeles following a long illness. A cause of death was not immediately provided.

Guryan’s “Sincerely, Margo” is a lush and eclectic collaboration with others including Paul McCartney, Richie Havens, vocalist Janis Ian and composer Mark Isham.

The album made a splash in 2015 in a mostly overlooked year for foreign-language films and grabbed the original song Oscar nomination that came with it, but did not win. Guryan herself did not receive a nomination for best actress.

Cocks said a film documentary featuring his mother is in development.

A professional musician since the 1970s, Guryan was born in Washington, D.C., and lived there for much of her life. She met fellow musician and writer John Cocks and a love match was born. They were married in 1972 and began a career together that eventually would include collaborations with such artists as Paul McCartney and Har Mar Superstar.

According to Guinness World Records, Cocks and Guryan are the only husband and wife to have made the record in both musical and literary endeavors.

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