Conductor Marvin Hamlisch Dies at 68 in Los Angeles

By ABC News

Aug 7, 2012 11:29am
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Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch has died, Billboard.biz reports.  He was 68.  His family reports he collapsed after a brief illness and died Monday.

Hamlisch is best known for his Academy Award-winning composition “The Way We Were,” from the movie of the same name, but he wrote more than 40 movie scores, including “The Sting,” “Sophie’s Choice,” “Three Men & a Baby,” ” Take the Money and Run” and “Ordinary People.”

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For the stage, Hamlisch composed the music for “A Chorus Line,” which won him the Pulitzer Prize, as well as “They’re Playing Our Song,”  ”The Goodbye Girl” and others.

Hamlisch, the principal pops conductor for symphony orchestras in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Dallas, Pasadena, Seattle and San Diego, was due next week to be named to the same position in the Philadelphia Orchestra.  He was also slated to conduct the New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve concert and was working on a new musical called Gotta Dance.

In his career, Hamlisch won three Oscars, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globes in addition to the Pulitzer Prize.

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