Acclaimed American composer Marvin Hamlisch died on Monday at the age of 68. Hamlisch was widely celebrated for his film and Broadway scores--earning him dozens of nominations and countless awards. He passed away unexpectedly in Los Angeles after a brief illness, according to the Associated Press.
To call Hamlisch prolific is an understatement. He is one of only 11 people to earn the rare EGOT (an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony; Hamlisch went a few better and earned four Emmy Awards, four Grammys, three Oscars, and one Tony in his lifetime, as well as a Pulitzer and two Golden Globe Awards.) He composed over 40 film scores, including for The Way We Were, The Sting, Ordinary People, and most recently Steven Soderbergh's The Informant!. On Broadway, he wrote the score for the 1975 standard, A Chorus Line, for which he won both a Tony and a Pulitzer. As a conductor, he held the position of Principal Pops Conductor at not one but six different major orchestras: Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, San Diego, Seattle, Dallas, and Pasadena.
In the face of such productivity, there's nothing to do but round up Hamlisch's greatest hits. We've culled through the trove he left us and pulled out his most iconic contributions -- including a Bond sequence, a Streisand solo, and of course the singularly sensational "Chorus Line." Click through below for a brief journey through Hamlisch's unreal career, and let us know the high points we missed in the comments.
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