The late composer Marvin Hamlisch moved effortlessly across film, theater and TV, creating unforgettable music with the power to unleash tears and laughter. You may not know just how much of an influence he has had on your life, he is part of the American experience.
Birth name: Marvin Frederick Hamlisch
Born: June 2, 1944 New York City, New York
Died: August 6, 2012 (aged 68) Los Angeles, California
Occupations: Composer, conductor
Associated acts: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and POPS, San Diego Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Marvin Frederick Hamlisch was an American composer. He was one of only eleven people to have been awarded Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and a Tony. He was also one of only two people to have won those four prizes and also a Pulitzer Prize (the other was Richard Rodgers). Hamlisch also won two Golden Globes.
A few months before he turned seven, in 1951, he was accepted into what is now the Juilliard School Pre-College Division. His first job was as a rehearsal pianist for Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand. Shortly after that, he was hired by producer Sam Spiegel to play piano at Spiegel’s parties. This connection led to his first film score, The Swimmer.
1972: Won Golden Globe and nominated for best original song at the Academy Awards for Life Is What You Make It (from Kotch).
1974: Won three Oscars, four Grammys (including best new artist) and a Golden Globe for The Way We Were, from the movie of the same name, and for The Sting score.
1976: Won Tony for best original score in A Chorus Line, and a Pulitzer Prize; nominated for a 1986 Academy Award for Surprise, Surprise from A Chorus Line.
1978: Nominated for an Oscar and Grammy for The Spy Who Loved Me theme (Nobody Does It Better) and score.
1979: Nominated for an Oscar for The Last Time I Felt This Way (from Same Time, Next Year).
1980: Nominated for an Oscar and Grammy for Theme From Ice Castles.
1983: Nominated for an Oscar for the Sophie’s Choice score.
1990: Nominated for an Oscar and Grammy for The Girl Who Used To Be Me (from Shirley Valentine)
1996: Won two Emmys for Barbra Streisand: The Concert.
1997: Nominated for an Oscar for I’ve Finally Found Someone (from The Mirror Has Two Faces).