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Aug072012

Famed Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dead at 68 

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch has died, Billboard.biz reports.  He was 68. 

His family reports he collapsed after a brief illness and passed away Monday.

Hamlisch is best known for his Academy Award-winning composition "The Way We Were," from the movie of the same name, but he wrote more than 40 movie scores, including The Sting, Sophie's Choice, Three Men & a Baby, Take the Money and Run and Ordinary People.

For the stage, Hamlisch composed the music for A Chorus Line, which won him the Pulitzer Prize, as well as They're Playing Our Song, The Goodbye Girl and others.

Hamlisch, the principal pops conductor for symphony orchestras in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Dallas, Pasadena, Seattle and San Diego, was due next week to be named to the same position in the Philadelphia Orchestra.  He was also slated to conducted the New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve concert and was working on a new musical called Gotta Dance.

In his career, Hamlisch won three Oscars, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globes in addition to the Pulitzer Prize.

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