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October 2011 // Art by Design

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CLOSEPERSONAL Carole Bayer Sager BY MARSALA RYPKA T here are myriad ways that art expresses the heartstrings of the soul. One of them is through music which is what Carole Bayer Sager, one of the most prolific songwriters of the past 40 years, is known. Her lyrics to songs like the Grammy- winning "That's What Friends Are For," the Oscar-winning "Arthur's Theme," the Oscar-nominated "The Prayer," "Don't Cry Out Loud," "Come in From the Rain," "Heartlight," "Nobody Does It Better," "On My Own," and "When I Need You," have been etched into our minds by so many artists including Andrea Bocelli, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Carly Simon, Celine Dion, Christopher Cross, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Melissa Manchester, Neil Diamond, and Patti LaBelle. Unexpectedly Carole found another art form to express herself. Since picking up a paintbrush four years ago, she has become quite accomplished at portraits and abstracts and her work hangs in some impressive homes. In this month's Up Close and Personal Carole verbally paints for us an intimate and inspiring self-portrait as she talks about her former marriage to writing partner Burt Bacharach and their son, Cristopher, whom she adores; her husband Bob Daly, the love of her life; how painting became her passion; and the lessons she learned on this journey called life. Marsala Rypka: What three words best describe you? Carole Bayer Sager: Friend. Being an only child and coming from a family that had its share of dysfunction, I decided 24 LUXURYLV.COM | OCTOBER 2011 "It took a long time to understand that people, places, and things will never make me happy. True happiness comes from discovering who you are. I work on being authentic and honest, on liking myself, and feeling worthy." UP

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