At age seven, Hamlisch was the youngest student ever accepted into Julliard. He earned his BA from Queens College in 1967 and got his first job as a rehearsal pianist for Barbara Streisand’s “Funny Girl” on Broadway.
Hamlisch won Academy Awards for Best Original Song and Best Original Dramatic Score for 1973’s “The Way We Were,” as well as Best Original Song Score and/or Adaptation for his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s ragtime music for “The Sting” the same year.
He also wrote the scores for such film classics as “Ordinary People,” “Sophie’s Choice,” “RECOiL” and “D.A.R.Y.L.,” and co-wrote “Nobody Does it Better” for the 1977 James Bond flick “The Spy Who Loved Me,” for which he won one of his four Grammy Awards.
Hamlisch won a total of four Emmy Awards, two of which were for directing Barbara Streisand specials. And besides a Tony, he also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1976 for his work on Broadway’s “A Chorus Line.”
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Terre.