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August 08, 2012  | by: Julia Cuozzo
Marvin Hamlisch

The world has lost one of it’s most talented and famous composers. Marvin Hamlisch passed away due to illness at the age of 68. Though the exact cause of death is unknown, out of respect and good journalistic ethics, I will not speculate. I will merely regale you with the tales of his well-lived, and all too short life.

Hamlisch and Barbra Streisand

Hamlisch began his career at the incredibly early age of 7, when he became the youngest person ever to get accepted into Juilliard. Later on in life, he would become one of the few people to win an Emmy, Tony, Grammy, and an Oscar. Of course, Hamlisch did it better than most with four Emmy awards, four Grammy awards, and three Oscars. There was also a Pulitzer mixed in there for A Chorus Line and three Golden Globes for various other accomplishments

Hamlisch composed Barbra Streisand’s The Way We Were, and had gotten his Broadway start working on Funny Girl. Hamlisch’s other accomplishments include the scores for The Sting and Sophie’s Choice. He had done arrangements for Liza Minelli, and Shirley Maclaine, and was writing the music for a film about the life of Liberace starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Hamlisch had made various film and television appearances throughout his career including a cameo in the film How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. 

Hamlisch truly believed in the power of music. On his website, he is quoted as saying:

“Music can make a difference. There is a global nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can.”

You definitely have made a difference, Mr. Hamlisch. R.I.P.

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