August 09, 2012

Marvin Hamlisch, Prolific Composer Who Left Enduring Mark on Stage, Film, TV and More

Hamlisch was one of the few artists to win an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony.

Marvin Hamlisch, a prolific and acclaimed composer whose work earned him the distinction if winning an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony, died August 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. He was 68.

According to news reports, he passed away following a brief illness.

In all, Hamlisch won three Oscars, four Primetime Emmys, four Grammys and one Tony. He also won two Golden Globes, a Pulitzer Prize and a Drama Desk Award.

The latter two were bestowed for the Broadway smash A Chorus Line, for which he composed the popular score, working with lyricist Michael Bennett.

His other notable collaborators included lyricists Carol Bayer Sager and Marilyn and Alan Bergman and singer Barbra Streisand, who scored a hit with the theme song for the film The Way We Were, for which Hamlish wrote the music and the Bergmans wrote the lyrics.

Like Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach and Stephen Sondheim, Hamlisch was the rare composer who achieved celebrity status.

In addition to The Way We Were, his notable movies credits included The Sting, The Spy Who Loved Me, Same Time, Next Year and Sophie’s Choice.

His television projects included such series as Doc Elliott, Hot L Baltimore, Brooklyn Bridge and specials such as Barbra: The Concert, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies, AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbra Streisand and Timeless: Live in Concert.

Comprehensive obituaries are available at:

USA Today

New York Times

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