Award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch dead at age 68
BY RITA SHERROW World Television Editor
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
8/07/12 at 3:40 PM
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Composer Marvin Hamlisch, who charmed fans with his Oscar-winning score and theme song for "The Way We Were," has reportedly died.
Hamlisch, 68, collapsed after a brief illness and died Monday, according to thewrap.com Tuesday.
At age seven, he was the youngest student ever admitted to the Juillard School of Music. He was also the first person to win three Academy Awards in the same night for the song "The Way We Were" with co-writers Alan and Marilyn Bergman, the score of the same film and his adaptation of Scott Joplin's Music for "The Sting."
He composed scores for more than 40 movies, including "Sophie's Choice," "The Swimmer," "Three Men and a Baby," "Ordinary People," "Ice Castles," "Take the Money and Run," "Bananas," "Save the Tiger" and his latest work is the upcoming "Behind the Candelabra" about the life of Liberace. He is one of a handful of artists who have won all four major entertainment awards - Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy.
On Broadway, his "A Chorus Line" won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for drama. His additional works included the musicals "They’re Playing Our Song," "The Goodbye Girl" and "The Sweet Smell of Success."
Two years ago, he hosted and performed in the PBS special "Marvin Hamlisch Presents: The '70s: The Way We Were."
He was principal pops conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Seattle Symphony, and San Diego Symphony, according to the website.
He was to be announced as principal pops conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra next week and was set to conduct the New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve Concert, reported thewrap.com.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Terre.
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Marvin Hamlisch, seen her in Nov. 2011 at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif., died Monday at age 68. ALEX J. BERLINER/AP Images for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center