Marvin Hamlisch, award-winning composer extraordinaire, has died
Marvin Hamlisch, who gave us so much wonderful, toe-tapping music, died yesterday in Los Angeles.
Hamlisch composed, arranged, and conducted music for some of the most popular movies and plays to hit the silver screen and Broadway respectively. In 1974, he became the first person to win three Oscars in one night -- Best Score for the Robert Redford / Barbra Streisand hit, The Way We Were; Best Song for The Way We Were from that movie; Best Adaptation (of Scott Joplin's rags) in the Robert Redford / Paul Newman hit, The Sting. That year, his winning song, The Way We Were, also won his second of two Golden Globes.
His musical genius was discovered early. He was the youngest student (age seven) to be admitted to the Julliard School of Music.
Mr. Hamlisch, who was 68, died after a brief illness.