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Marvin Hamlisch, top Broadway and Hollywood composer, dies

  • 7 Aug 2012
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LOS ANGELES (AFP)
 in 1975

Marvin Hamlisch, the composer behind a string of Broadway and Hollywood hits including "A Chorus Line," "The Way We Were" and "The Sting," has died, his publicist said Tuesday. He was 68.

"He died last night in Los Angeles," Ray Costa told AFP, adding that Hamlisch had been admitted to hospital in suburban Burbank last week. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Born in New York in 1944, Hamlisch studied music at the city's prestigious Juilliard School, then played piano on Broadway before embarking on his successful career writing music for stage and screen.

He was one of the very few artists to collect all the most coveted prizes in American popular culture, including three Oscars, two Golden Globes, four Grammys, four Emmys and a Tony.

In 1974 he picked up three Academy Awards on a single night -- for best original dramatic score and best original song for Sydney Pollack's "The Way We Were" and best musical adaptation for George Roy Hill's "The Sting."

He also won a Tony for the Broadway musical "A Chorus Line" in 1975.

In Hollywood, Hamlisch created original soundtracks for "The Spy Who Loved Me" in 1977, "Sophie's Choice" in 1982, "Three Men and a Baby" in 1987 and "Frankie and Johnny" in 1991.

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