As a composer, Marvin Hamlisch won every major U.S. performing award there is—four Grammys, three Oscars, a Tony and four Emmys—an accomplishment shared by only 10 other individuals. He also won two Golden Globe awards.
In most circles, Hamlisch was best known for composing more than 40 motion picture scores, including The Way We Were, his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting and the hit song Nobody Does It Better, which was featured in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. Other film credits included Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People, The Swimmer, Three Men and a Baby, Ice Castles, Bananas, Save the Tiger and his latest work, The Informant!
On the Broadway scene, he wrote music for the popular show A Chorus Line, which also earned him the Pulitzer Prize.
As if all of that weren’t enough, Hamlisch also was the principal pops conductor for eight U.S. symphony orchestras.
Prior to his passing at the age of 68, Hamlisch was working on a film project about pianist and vocalist Liberace, starring actors Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. He had also finished writing an autobiography in the form of a children’s book titled Marvin Makes Music. The book tells the story of a 6-year-old Hamlisch and his life experiences. The book, published by the Penguin Group, goes on sale Nov. 8.