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    Default Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dies

    Marvin Hamlisch Dies Following Brief Illness
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the scores for dozens of movies including "The Sting" and won a Tony for "A Chorus Line," has died in Los Angeles at 68.

    Family spokesman Jason Lee said Hamlisch died Monday after a brief illness. Other details aren't being released.

    Hamlisch's career included composing, conducting and arranging music from Broadway to Hollywood.

    The composer won every major award in his career, including three Academy Awards, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globes.

    His music colored some of film and Broadway's most important works.

    Hamlisch composed more than 40 film scores, including "Sophie's Choice," "Ordinary People" and "Take the Money and Run." He won his third Oscar for his adaptation of Scott Joplin's music for "The Sting." On Broadway, Hamlisch received the Pulitzer Prize for long-running favorite "The Chorus Line" and wrote "The Goodbye Girl" and "Sweet Smell of Success." A news release from his publicist said he was scheduled to fly to Nashville, Tenn., this week to see a production of his hit musical, "The Nutty Professor."

    Hamlisch earned his place in American culture through his music, but he also had a place in popular culture. Known for his nerdy look, complete with thick eyeglasses, that image was sealed on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" during Gilda Radner's "Nerd" sketches. Radner, playing Lisa Loopner, would swoon over Hamlisch.

    Hamlisch was principal pops conductor for symphony orchestras in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Dallas, Pasadena, Seattle and San Diego. He was to be announced to the same position with the Philadelphia Orchestra and also was due to lead the New York Philharmonic during its upcoming New Year's Eve concert.

    He leaves behind a legacy in film and music that transcended far beyond notes on the page. As illustrative as the scenes playing out in front of the music, his scores helped define some of Hollywood's most iconic works.
    Bummer! This guy was massively talented.
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    Oh Marvin. I'm sad. Nobody cares about Marvin?

    He's the only showbiz guy that looked like a dentist. He was engaged to Emma Samms (Dynasty, GH) for about five minutes.

    He wrote the music for The Way We Were, that's enough for me. I bet Barbra is sad too.

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    *cheers* to one of the good guys! RIP Marvin!!

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    And he wrote One from Chorus Line. He was so talented and had many years left to go so young. RIP,you magic man. You gave the world so much.
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    He seemed a very sweet and modest man. R.I.P. Marvin. Liked the interview with him on de bonus tracks of the "The Way We Were" dvd.
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    RIP. It doesn't mention it here, but Hamlisch was a child prodigy, accepted at Julliard at 7.

    Broadway is dimming the lights in his honor tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    And he wrote One from Chorus Line. He was so talented and had many years left to go so young. RIP,you magic man. You gave the world so much.
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    I was sad when I heard he had passed. Such a wonderfully gifted man.

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