Composer Marvin Hamlisch dies

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Marvin Hamlisch. - PHOTO: Courtesy http://www.marvinhamlisch.com

Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the scores for dozens of movies including “The Sting” and won a Tony for “A Chorus Line,” has died in Los Angeles at 68.

Family spokesman Jason Lee said Hamlisch died on Aug. 6 after a brief illness.

Hamlisch’s career included composing, conducting and arranging music from Broadway to Hollywood.

He won three Academy Awards, four Emmys and a Tony.

Hamlisch's website, http://www.marvinhamlisch.com, says he “won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards, as well as a Pulitzer Prize.

He composed more than 40 motion picture scores, including for “The Way We Were” and “The Sting,” “Sophie’s Choice,” “Ordinary People,” “The Swimmer,” “Three Men and a Baby,” “Ice Castles,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Bananas,” “Save the Tiger” and his latest effort “The Informant!”

Hamlisch was principal pops conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Seattle Symphony and San Diego Symphony.

He was musical director and arranger of Barbra Streisand’s 1994 concert tour of the U.S. and England, as well as of the television special, “Barbra Streisand: The Concert.”

He had been working on a new musical called “Gotta Dance” and was writing the music for a film about Liberace starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon and directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Hamlisch graduated from the Juilliard School of Music and Queens College, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree.

His website said he believed “in the power of music to bring people together.”

His biography closed with a quote, “Music can make a difference. There is a global nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can.”