Sadly, Marvin Hamlisch passed away Monday night. And if you don't know who he is, you have probably seen (or, more likely, heard) something from his extensive list of life accomplishments. With a career spanning a half a century, including theatre, live music performance, film, and television, and touching the lives of millions, he will be missed. Read up below on just some of this man's many notable achievements.
(1) He wrote music for some serious Broadway hits. Ever heard of a little show called A Chorus Line? One of the most iconic musicals to date, it was Broadway's longest running show for years. It won Tony Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, a devoted fan base, and a spot in history. Hamlisch's other shows include They're Playing Our Song, The Goodbye Girl, and Sweet Smell of Success.
(2) He is one of the very few winners of the coveted EGOT. Hamlisch won an impressive 4 Emmys (Barbra Streisand: The Concert), 4 Grammys (The Way We Were), 3 Oscars (The Sting), and a Tony (A Chorus Line). Oh, and he also won two Golden Globes (Life Is What You Make It) and a little trifle called a Pulitzer Prize (A Chorus Line).
(3) He went to Juilliard when he was 7. After displaying prodigious talent by the age of five, he was accepted into what is now the Juilliard School Pre-College Division only two years later.
(4) He wrote the scores to some of Hollywood's biggest films. In addition to those for which he won awards, Hamlisch was also behind the scores to Sophie's Choice, The Spy Who Loved Me, Ordinary People, and Three Men and a Baby, to name a few.
(5) He was one of the most in-demand conductors and pianists in the country. Most recently, Hamlisch was on the road with Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent), conducting and accompanying her on her "Live Barefoot at the Symphony" tour.
(6) He is part of theatre history. Hamlisch's first job was as the rehearsal pianist for Barbra Streisand's breakout role in the original Broadway production of Funny Girl. As if that weren't enough, he arranged Liza Minnelli's first two albums and the songs for the legendary concert "Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli at the London Palladium." The list goes on.
Rest in peace, sir. Your legacy will live on and continue to touch the lives of millions.