Marvin Hamlisch is dead at 68

LOS ANGELES, United States of America - Marvin Hamlisch, the composer and conductor who enriched the American entertainment industry with 4 decades of music died Monday, August 6.

According to a report by The Wrap, Hamlisch's family announced that he "collapsed after a brief illness."

He is best-known for the song "The Way We Were," (1973) the theme song of a movie with the same title. It starred Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand, with whom Hamlisch was said to have his greatest collaboration. 

He worked with Streisand as musical director and arranger of "Barbra Streisand: The Concert," (1994) the singer's concert tour and television special. He won two Emmys for the project. Hamlisch also wrote the score for her movie opposite Jeff Bridges, "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996). 

Among the other films to his name are "Sophie's Choice," "Three Men and a Baby," "Ice Castles," "Save the Tiger" and "Behind the Candelabra" (an HBO film showing  soon).

Hamlisch is regarded as a musical prodigy, having been the youngest student to be admitted by the Jilliard School of Music in 1951. Playing piano at celebrity parties was how he found his way towards his first film job: scoring "The Swimmer" (1968) based on the short story by John Cheever.

Hamlisch composed music for more than 40 films. He won 3 Oscars, 4 Grammys, 4 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes and a Tony. He has worked with some of the industry's best directors, from Woody Allen, to Steven Soderbergh and Alan J. Pakula.

Some of his Broadway projects were "The Goodbye Girl," "Sweet Smell of Success" and "A Chorus Line," for which he received a Pulitzer Prize.

Upon his passing, Hamlisch was the Principal Props Conductor for several groups:


He will forever be known as a "musical chameleon," the man whose music served to complement the message of the projects he worked on. Never overpowering; always just right.

Hamlisch is survived by his wife of 25 years, Tere. -

Watch the video to listen to Marvin Hamlisch's "The Way We Were" performed by Barbra Streisand: