Marvin Hamlish

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August 19, 2022

Marvin Frederick Hamlisch (born June 2, 1944 in New York City, New York – died August 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California) was an American composer. He is considered one of the most successful musical and film composers of the 20th century. He is one of the few artists to have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards.

Life

Hamlisch, who came from a Jewish family in Vienna, learned to play the piano at an early age and was considered a child prodigy. As a youth he gave concerts in the Town Hall. Then he studied at the Juilliard School of Music. Already at this time he turned to composing. In 1965 he wrote Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows for Lesley Gore, a first hit that he was able to repeat in 1967, also for Gore, with California Nights. After hearing him play the piano at a party, Sam Spiegel commissioned him to compose his first film (for The Swimmer, 1966). He then moved to Los Angeles to be closer to the studios. His adaptations of Scott Joplin's ragtime compositions, which he wrote for the 1973 film The Clou, achieved great fame. He has provided the music for many feature films and television series, as well as the hit Broadway musicals A Chorus Line and They're Playing Our Song. In 1977, Hamlisch also wrote the music for the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). He has also been the conductor and arranger of Barbra Streisand concerts since 1993, for whom he also wrote the number one hit and million-seller The Way We Were in 1973. The cover version by Gladys Knight & the Pips was also successful worldwide. Hamlisch has been honored with numerous prizes. The year 1974 was outstanding in this respect, when he was awarded Oscars in three different categories. This was followed by seven Oscar nominations over the next few years. He has won an Emmy three times and a Golden Globe Award twice. Most often, he has received the ASCAP Award four times. Hamlisch died on August 6, 2012 after a short illness at the age of 68.

Works

Filmography

1968 The Swimmer - Directed by Frank Perry 1969: A Frog in Manhattan (The April Fools) – Directed by Stuart Rosenberg 1969: Hop, Hop (Move) – Directed by Stuart Rosenberg 1969: Woody, the Unlucky Raven (Take the Money and Run) – Directed by Woody Allen 1970: The Indian (Flap) – Directed by Carol Reed 1971: Bananas – Directed by Woody Allen 1971: El Capitano (Something Big) – Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen 1971: Grandpa Can't Help It (Kotch) - Directed by Jack Lemmon 1972: Big Boy - The world's greatest athlete - Directed by Robert Scheere 1972: Fat City – Directed by John Huston 1972: War between Men and Women - Directed by Melville Shavelson 1973: Save the Tiger – Directed by John G. Avildsen 1973: Cherie Bitter (The Way We Were) – Directed by Sydney Pollack 1973 The Sting – Directed by George Roy Hill 1974 The Prisoner of Second Avenue – Directed by Melvin Frank 1976 The Entertainer - Directed by Donald Wyre 1977: The Absent-Minded Waiter – Directed by Carl Gottlieb Short film 1977 The Spy Who Loved Me - Directed by Lewis Gilbert 1978: Ice Fever (Ice Castles) – Directed by Donald Wyre 1978: Same Time, Next Year - Directed by Robert Mulligan 1979: Starting over - Directed by Alan J. Pakula 1979: Ordinary people - Directed by Robert Redford 1980: Chapter Two - Directed by Robert Moore 1980: Seems like old times - Directed by Jay Sandrich 1981 The Fan - Directed by Edward Bianchi 1981 Pennies from Heaven – Directed by Herbert Ross 1982: Actually, I wanted to be in pictures (I ought to be in pictures) – Director: Herbert Ross 1982: Sophie's choice - Directed by Alan J. Pakula