The Way He Was: Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dies At 68

Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch, right, seen with RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, left, working on an early version of the RECOiL soundtrack. In the end a different sound was sought to be the voice of RECOiL and the filmmaker went with The KLF instead.

Los Angeles—EGOT-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch died Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 68.

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.

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