Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Shirley Walker R.I.P. 1945 - 2006
Due to complications of a stroke, composer Shirley Walker died November 29th in Los Angeles, California. She was at the age of 61.
Born in Napa, Calif., Walker began her career in industrial films and jingles work in the late 1960s and later worked as a musician on Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. In the 1980s, she found work as a composer on such television series as Falcon Crest and China Beach, and lent her talents to such B-movie classics as 1985’s The Dungeonmaster and Ghoulies. Walker would find a comfortable niche in the superhero genre.
In 1986, Walker scored Disney's Fluppy Dogs, a pilot for a rejected television series.
Later, she orchestrated music for the first live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film (1990).
She also orchestrated and wrote music for Dick Tracy (1990), while arranging its Oscar-winning song "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)."
It was with Batman (1989) that Walker began a professional relationship with the Caped Crusader, conducting music for the Tim Burton hit and orchestrating the score for its second sequel, Batman Forever (1995). Furthermore, she composed music for Batman: The Animated Series (1992), which landed her an Annie nomination. She also scored episodes of Warner Bros.’ 1990 television series The Flash, based on the DC Comics property. After Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) and The New Batman Adventures (1997), Walker finally won a Daytime Emmy for her work on Batman Beyond (1999).
Meanwhile, Superman: The Animated Series (1996) brought Walker another Annie nomination, while The Zeta Project (2001) delivered that and a Daytime Emmy nomination. In-between those projects, she composed music for HBO's Spawn animated series (1997). Walker’s next project was to be Bruce Timm’s DC: The New Frontier, a direct-to-video comic book-based feature which is currently in pre-production.
(information gathered from Animation Magazine.net & Animated-News.com)