French composer and conductor Maurice Jarre was asked by film director David Lean to compose a theme for the character of Lara, played by Julie Christie in the 1965 movie Doctor Zhivago, based on Russian writer Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning novel about the years surrounding the Russian Revolution.
Lara's Theme remains to this day one of the most recognizable movie themes ever written.
Later, lyrics by Paul Francis Webster were added to the music and eventually recorded as the song Somewhere, My Love by Connie Francis. The most popular recording of the song, however, was made by Ray Conniff with his orchestra and singers.
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