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Marvin Hamlisch Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 2 June 1944New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 6 August 2012Westwood, Los Angeles, California, USA  (respiratory arrest caused by anoxic brain encephalopathy and hypertension)
Birth NameMarvin Frederick Hamlisch

Mini Bio (2)

Musical talent ran in Marvin Hamlisch's family - his father was an accordionist, and at seven Hamlisch was the youngest student ever accepted by Manhattan's Julliard School of Music. Hamlich furthered his education by taking night classes at Queens College and working during the day as a rehearsal pianist for Broadway shows. He eventually began composing songs for stage productions. In 1968 he met film producer Sam Spiegel, resulting in his first film score for The Swimmer (1968) (he had previously written some songs for a low-budget teen epic, Ski Party (1965), but did not do the score for it). Hamlisch became well versed in the very specialized field of film scoring. In addition to scoring films, he ventured into film production as co-producer of The Entertainer (1976). In 1976 he won a Tony award for his scoring of the Broadway show, A Chorus Line (1985).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Composer, songwriter ("Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows"), and conductor, educated at the Professional Children's School, Juilliard, and Queens College. He was the musical director for Equity Library Theatre productions, and wrote songs for Liza Minnelli and for Julius Monk's 'Upstairs at the Downstairs' revues. Joining ASCAP in 1959, his chief musical collaborator was Howard Liebling, and his many other popular-song compositions include "Little Rosy Red", "The Travelin' Life", and "Blues for Koto and Trumpet".

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Spouse (1)

Terre Blair (29 May 1989 - 7 August 2012) (his death)

Trivia (13)

At the age of seven, he was the youngest student ever accepted at the acclaimed Juiliard School of Music.
He was the accompanist and straight man for Groucho Marx, when he toured in 1974-1975.
Marvin Hamlisch won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the musical "A Chorus Line", collaborating with Nicholas Dante, Michael Bennett, James Kirkwood Jr. and Ed Kleban.
He is one of nine artists who have won all four major entertainment awards (Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy).
Engaged to Emma Samms in the early 1980s.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986.
After legendary musical composer, Richard Rodgers, Marvin Hamlisch is only the second artist to have won the all of the five big awards Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Grammy, and the most rare, a Pulitzer Prize.
His musical, "A Chorus Line", at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for the 2011 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Production of a Musical (Large).
Ex-brother-in-law of Howard Liebling.
Younger brother of Terry Liebling.
In 1994 he guest conducted the London Symphony Orchestra for Barbra Streisand's first British concert.
Made film history in 1974 as the first individual ever to win three Academy Awards in one night in all three music categories. One for the song, "The Way We Were" (with co-writers Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman), another for composing the score of The Way We Were (1973), and a third for the adaptation of Scott Joplin's ragtime music for The Sting (1973).
His musical, "Sweet Smell of Success," at the Kokandy Productions in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2014 Joseph Jefferson Non-Equity Award for Musical Production.

Personal Quotes (4)

To put something on Earth that wasn't there yesterday, that's what I like.
My whole life revolves around dessert.
Music can make a difference. There is a global nature to music which has the potential to bring all people together.
[on 'The Way We We're] I wanted to write something that was uplifting and positive. On the other hand, there is a tremendous amount of bittersweetness to that film, so it's a real duality. And that why I think the song - though it is in a major mode - is quite sad.

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