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Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012)

The widely-celebrated composer was 68.

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Tragedy has again unexpectedly struck the post-war generation of urbane Jewish tastemakers and those who love them. Legendary composer of “A Chorus Line” and genuine EGOT Marvin Hamlisch has died, at the alarmingly young(ish) age of 68, after what his family has termed a “brief illness.” The kick line in Heaven will be especially precise tonight.

I’ll have lots more on Hamlisch and his unique genius in my Tattler column this Friday. For now, console yourselves with this account from our friend Michael Schulman at the New Yorker—someone who never knew Marvin but desperately wanted to–and the terrific clip below of Hamlisch playing a medley of his songs.

Think you can guess my favorite? Leave your speculations in the comment. Winner gets a copy of this.

Earlier: Mayim Bialik and the Jewish EGOT
Marvin Hamlisch, Composer of ‘A Chorus Line’, Dies at 68 [NYT]

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Umish Katani says:

Well we all have to die eventually,. at least he made a success of his life and enjoyed it to the fullest I imagine… Gave the world great music and that will always be there. However just reporting “After a breief illness” … leaves one wondering what one is hiding….

Anon says:
marjorie ingall says:

I love(d) Hamlisch as much as the next overdramatic Jewish tween girl who wept at The Way We Were and sang What I Did For Love to her mirror…but he did not write Cheek to Cheek, no matter what that video claims. (That said, he was the fabulous-est!)

Without a doubt, Mr. Hamlisch’s passing is a terrible loss to the world. No question, our all-time favorite among his many was The Way We Were. Just behind, the theme from Ice Castles sung by Melissa Manchester.


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Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012)

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