9 August 1946, Burbank, California, USA. The daughter of film actor David Brian, Amanda McBroom, initially, was eager to pursue a career as a songwriter and this ambition received a considerable fillip when Bette Midler recorded her song, The Rose, the result being a worldwide hit in 1979. Her compositions have been recorded by artists including Harry Belafonte, Betty Buckley, Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Barry Manilow and Anne Murray. Many of her songs, which include Ship In A Bottle, Make Me A Kite, Breathing, and Errol Flynn (a musical portrait of her father), are written in collaboration with pianist Michele Brourman, with whom she also wrote songs for Universal Cartoon videos. From the early 80s, McBrooms own recording of The Rose was also enormously successful, her performances of it at Golden Globe and Grammy awards ceremonies and on The Tonight Show boosting her career as a singer....