- Published on Tuesday, August 07 2012
- Written by Brianna Kassorla
Today, we mourn the loss of a true Hollywood institution. The acclaimed composer Marvin Hamlisch passed away earlier this morning in Los Angeles at the age of 68. Hamlisch was best known for composing the music for the Tony Award-winning play A Chorus Line as well as many other popular projects, including The Way We Were and, most recently, The Informant staring Matt Damon.
Hamlisch entered into the composing world in 1968 at the age of 24, with his first film score for The Swimmer. Since then, he composed the scores of over 50 theatre or film projects, many of them classics, including The Sting, Sophie’s Choice, The Spy Who Loved Me, and A Streetcar Named Desire.
Throughout Hamilsch’s career, he was recognized for his outstanding work and thus became a member of the elite "EGOT" club, meaning that he has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award for his work. Hamlisch also won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his work in A Chorus Line and two Golden Globes for Best Original Song.
Currently, it is unclear as to what exactly ended the composer’s life, but Marvin’s family is claiming it was a brief illness that regrettably took its toll. There is no doubt, however, that Marvin Hamlisch was a great composer and a great asset to the film and theater industries, and he will be greatly missed.
- Brianna Kassorla, YH Staff