Post by Mike Spadoni on Aug 8, 2012 18:07:01 GMT 1
Film and Broadway composer Marvin Hamlisch, whose works earned him both awards and popular acclaim, died August 6th after a brief and unspecified illness in Los Angeles. He was 68 years old. Hamlisch's resume ranges from the now-classic musical "A Chorus Line," to such popular music themes as "The Sting" and "The Way We Were" (the latter co-written with Alan and Marilyn Bergman). He also co-wrote "Nobody Does It Better" (with Carole Bayer Sager), the theme to the 1977 James Bond flick "The Spy Who Loved Me," performed by Carly Simon; it became a top-five hit. The New York-born Hamlisch also wrote music for such films as "Ordinary People" and "Take the Money and Run." His Broadway credits (in addition to "Chorus Line") include "They're Playing Our Song," "The Goodbye Girl" and "Sweet Smell of Success." Small wonder he was the youngest student ever accepted into the famous Julliard School of Music--at age seven! He worked with such timeless artists as Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Lisa Minnelli, Shirley MacLaine and Aretha Franklin. His musical adaptation of "The Nutty Professor" is scheduled for a Broadway performance. Marvin Hamlisch is survived by wife Terre Blair.
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