In Memoriam: Marvin Hamlisch (June 2, 1944 – August 6, 2012) Obituaries

Marvin Hamlisch at arrivals for COLD WAR: THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD Release and Screening, Paley Center for Media, New York, NY April 29, 2012. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection

Composer, conductor and arranger Marvin Hamlisch, 68, died yesterday (August 6) in Los Angeles. No details on a cause are being released as of yet. The Emmy (Timeless: Live in Concert, Barbra: The Concert), Grammy (The Way We Were), Oscar (The Way We Were, The Sting) and Tony (A Chorus Line) winner started his career as rehearsal pianist for Funny Girl, and went on to create scores and songs for such films as Bananas, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Spy Who Loved Me, Sophie’s Choice, Frankie and Johnny, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Starting Over, 3 Men and a Baby, and countless concerts and TV specials. “It’s hard for me to just sit down at the piano and noodle along and come up with something,” he once told writer Bill DeMain. “But when you are given a gift of a title like The Way We Were, which is such a great title, you’re off and running . . . I was very blessed on Chorus Line with a lot of things. First of all, I knew that Michael Bennett was a genius, so I felt very confident. Number two, he’d put me with a brilliant lyricist that I really adored. That’s a very important thing. I think you have to like the person who writes the lyrics, not just like his work, but that you genuinely like him.” — Eve Golden