Hamlisch, Marvin

Hamlisch, Marvin,

1944–2012, American composer, conductor, and pianist, b. New York City, grad. Queens College (B.S., 1967). A versatile and prolific composer of melodies ranging from the soulfully melodic to jazzily jaunty, he won three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, and three Golden Globes. His first hit song was "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" (1965) sung by Leslie Gore. He soon moved to Los Angeles, where he began writing motion picture scores, eventually producing more than 40, including those for Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run (1969) and Bananas (1970), The Way We Were and The Sting (both 1973, both Academy Awards), Ordinary People (1980), Sophie's Choice (1982), Shirley Valentine (1989), and The Informant! (2009). His work for the stage includes music for The Chorus Line (1975; Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prize) and scores for They're Playing Our Song (1979), The Goodbye Girl (1977), and Sweet Smell of Success (2002). Long associated with Barbra StreisandStreisand, Barbra,
1942–, American singer and actress, b. New York City. Streisand first gained a relatively small but select audience singing in New York City cabarets, and she received her first wide critical and public acclaim for her supporting role in the Broadway
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, he was the musical director and arranger for her 1994 concert tour and television special. Hamlisch also conducted pops orchestras in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Dallas, Seattle, and other cities.


See his autobiography (with G. C. Gardner, 1992).

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Hamlisch, (Frederick) Marvin

(1944–  ) composer; born in New York City. A prodigy, he was admitted to the Juilliard School of Music at age seven. In 1974 he won Oscars for the title song and score from The Way We Were (1973) and for his adaptation of Scott Joplin's ragtime music in the The Sting (1973). He composed the music for A Chorus Line (1975), the longest running musical in Broadway history. He also performed and conducted with major symphony orchestras.
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