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'American Masters Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love': Barbra Streisand's bighearted composer genius

27 December 2013 7:30 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Think of Marvin Hamlisch, and it's impossible not to think of many of the most memorable film and stage melodies of the past 40-plus years.

The late, hugely personable talent and very rare Pegot -- winner of a Pulitzer Prize, four Emmy Awards, four Grammys, three Oscars and a Tony -- composed some artists' biggest hits, such as Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were" and Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" (from the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me"), and refitted Scott Joplin's ragtime sounds for "The Sting."

Hamlisch also gave Broadway the hits "A Chorus Line" and "They're Playing Our Song" and kept at his craft to the end, scoring the HBO drama "Behind the Candelabra" just before his passing in August 2012.

The PBS series "American Masters" ends its 27th season with producer-director-writer Dori Berinstein's documentary "Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love" Friday, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Noel Harrison Dead: Singer and Actor Was 79

22 October 2013 11:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British actor and musician Noel Harrison, who sang the Oscar-winning ballad “The Windmills of Your Mind,” has died at 79.

Harrison’s wife, Lori Chapman, said Tuesday that he suffered a heart attack after a performance on Saturday in Devon, southwest England, and died in a hospital.

The son of actor Rex Harrison, Noel Harrison was a British champion skier and represented the country at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics before becoming a professional musician.

He moved to the United States during the 1960s’ British invasion and had his greatest success with “The Windmills of Your Mind,” which was the theme to 1968 heist movie “The Thomas Crown Affair” and won the best song Oscar.

Harrison wrote on his website that did not immediately realize the power of the song, by French composer Michel Legrand and American lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

“I went to the studio one afternoon and sang it and pretty much forgot about it, »

- Associated Press

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Michael Feinstein will take the stage at the Academy’s official post-Oscar ® celebration, the Governors Ball

23 February 2013 11:11 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Michael Feinstein, two-time Emmy® and five-time Grammy® Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” will take the stage on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Academy’s official post-Oscar ® celebration, the Governors Ball. Feinstein is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. Feinstein has received national recognition for his commitment to celebrating America’s popular song and preserving its legacy for the next generation. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. Through his live performances, recordings, film and television appearances, and his songwriting »

- hnblog@hollywoodnews.com (Hollywood News Team)

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