Marvin Hamlisch was a composer like none other, collecting awards for his compositions from every agency. He wrote for both screen and stage and was recognized for his achievements with at least one Oscar, Grammy, Tony, Emmy, Golden Globe, and a Pulizer. His Hollywood and Broadway scores brought him acclaim, most notably for "A Chorus Line" in 1975. He topped the pop charts when his songs were recorded by artists like Barbara Streisand, Carly Simon, or Aretha Franklin. He was also responsible for the background scores on over 40 movies like “The Sting”, “Sophie’s Choice”, and "The Informant."
Hamlisch was born in 1944 in New York. He learned piano at an early age playing along to tunes on the radio. He entered Julliard at age 7, the youngest to be accepted. He moved to Los Angeles at age 21 to score the movie "The Swimmer" and his career took off as a composer from there.
Hamlisch passed away today suddenly after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife since 1989, Terre Blair, who is a television broadcaster and producer.
by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 08/07 9:26 pm
"I’m devastated. He was my dear friend. He’s been in my life ever since the first day I met him in 1963, when he was my rehearsal pianist for 'Funny Girl.' He played at my wedding in 1998… and recently for me at a benefit for women’s heart disease. The world will remember Marvin for his brilliant musical accomplishments, from 'A Chorus Line' to 'The Way We Were,' and so many others, but when I think of him now, it was his brilliantly quick mind, his generosity, and delicious sense of humor that made him a delight to be around. Just last night, I was trying to reach him, to tell him how much I loved him, and that I wanted to use an old song of his, that I had just heard for the first time. He was a true musical genius, but above all that, he was a beautiful human being. I will truly miss him."
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