Marvin Hamlisch: Oscar-Winning Composer Dead at 68

The man behind the music in dozens of movies died in Los Angeles after a brief illness.
3:00 | 08/08/12

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Now, we remember our friend, marvin hamlisch. He was the mastermind behind dozens of our favorite plays and movies. They're the songs that grab you right away and stay with you forever. ♪ Memories ♪ Reporter: So many hits. Such lovely melodies. ♪ Misty waters all of memories of the way we were ♪ Reporter: Hamlisch's musical gift came early. He was just 7 when he was admitted to juilliard, the youngest ever. Though his father wanted him to write concertos, he would run to the piano to play the music he heard on radio and tv. Everything from "the sting." To "ice castles." To "the spy who loved me." ♪ Baby, you're the best ♪ Reporter: And of course, that iconic song from his favorite collaborator. ♪ The corner of my mind ♪ ♪ memories of the way we were ♪ ♪ feels like a work ♪ Reporter: Hamlisch was a force on broadway, where his credits included "the good-bye girl" and "the sweet smell of success." And this -- ♪ one singular sensation every little step she takes ♪ Reporter: A little musical called "a chorus line." ♪ Every move that she makes ♪ Reporter: That secured his place in broadway history. ♪ Kiss today good-bye ♪ Reporter: He was one of the most decorated artists of all-time. Three oscars, four emmys, four grammys, a tony and a pulitzer. And here at "gma," he has a special place in our hearts. ♪ for composing the theme from our first 12 years. I decided I was going to write a theme that I would like to wake up to. ♪ The last I will remember ♪ Reporter: Barbra streisand said tuesday, it was his brilliantly quick mind, his generosity and delicious sense of humor that made him a joy to be around. He was a true musical genius. ♪ The way we were ♪ Reporter: Marvin hamlisch was 68 years old. All that and only 68 years old.

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