Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dead at 68

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Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dead at 68
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Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dead at 68

Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch dies in Los Angeles at age 68.

Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch has died in Los Angeles at age 68.

A family spokesman tells the Associated Press that Hamlisch passed away Monday after a brief illness. Additional details were not immediately available.

Hamlisch -- who composed the scores for dozens of movies including The Sting, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford in 1973, and Barbra Streisand's The Way We Were the same year -- won three Academy Awards, four Emmys a Tony and three Golden Globes. He also won the Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for the long-running Broadway hit A Chorus Line.

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The last film score he wrote was in 2009 for Steven Soderbergh's film The Informant! starring Matt Damon. His latest musical, The Nutty Professor, recently debuted in Nashville.

In a statement, Streisand said she was "devastated" by the loss of her friend. "The world will remember Marvin for his brilliant musical accomplishments, from A Chorus Line to The Way We Were, and so many others, but when I think of him now, it was his brilliantly quick mind, his generosity, and delicious sense of humor that made him a delight to be around."

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan also expressed her condolences to Hamlisch's wife Terre Blair and said she was "stunned by his death" at such a young age. "During our time at the White House, he entertained at many events – he even let me sing with him a few times, but luckily his piano music drowned out my voice!" she said in a statement. "And I’ll never forget that he wrote a special song for Ronnie’s surprise 77th birthday party in 1988."


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