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Composer Marvin Hamlisch, 68

By: JTA

Marvin Hamlisch, the acclaimed composer and arranger of dozens of films and Broadway shows, has died at 68.

Hamlisch died Monday in Los Angeles following a brief illness.

He is best known for his work on the long-running Broadway musical “A Chorus Line,” which won several Tony Awards and for which Hamlisch won the Pulitzer Prize.

Along with the Pulitzer, Hamlisch earned three Academy Awards, four Emmys, a Tony, four Grammys and three Golden Globes.

Hamlisch composed more than 40 film scores, including “Sophie’s Choice,” “Ordinary People,” and “Take the Money and Run.”

Hamlisch was born in New York to Viennese Jewish parents and at 7 became the youngest student ever accepted into the city’s prestigious Juilliard School. He started on Broadway as a rehearsal pianist and assistant vocal arranger for “Funny Girl,” starring Barbra Streisand, for whom he would later compose “The Way We Were.”

Hamlisch also was also a conductor and led symphony orchestras across the United States, including in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, San Diego, Seattle, Dallas and Pasadena, Calif.

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