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Larry King NowDec 07 '16

Legendary songwriter Carole Bayer Sager says her phone isn’t ringing like it used to, pointing to ageism in the music industry as a contributing factor.

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Larry King: Do you still write?

Carole Bayer Sager: Well I did for Hillary. And I’m thinking maybe I’d like to write again. Just have to find someone who wants to write with me.

Larry King: Really?

Carole Bayer Sager: Yeah, yeah. You know, there’s ageism involved in songwriting, for sure. For sure. I mean there are exceptions -

Larry King: Do people say, ‘she’s old’?

Carole Bayer Sager: Well people say, ‘get me a young Carole Bayer Sager to write the lyric for this movie’ or ‘write a song for me.’ I used to get calls once a week. Will you write for this movie? I wrote so many movies’ themes. Some of them very successful, like “Nobody Does it Better” and “Arthur’s Theme” and “The Prayer” from…

Larry King: Oh.

Carole Bayer Sager: David Foster and I, “Prayer.” Celine Dion and Andrea Boccelli, but I don’t get those calls anymore. Which made me move into painting, which I loved for awhile. And then someone suggested I write this book, which I also love. I know that if I can be creative, I’ll be happy in my lifetime. Watch new episodes of “Larry King Now”Monday,Wednesday, andFridayon demand on Ora TV and Hulu.