Marvin Hamlisch Dies; Composer Was 68

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Marvin Hamlisch, the composer and winner of three Academy Awards for 1973's The Way We Were and The Sting, has passed away at the age of 68.

No other details were given by his publicist.

Hamlisch won a Tony and a Pulitzer for the 1975 Broadway sensation A Chorus Line, and four Emmys in a career as a showman and versatile writer.


Hamlisch conquered an early fear of performing to become a draw on the nightclub circuit and later was principal conductor for major symphonies.

He headed the Pittsburgh Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and San Diego Symphony.

Last month he conducted the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, which named him conductor in 2011, and was set to helm the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Hamlisch, who would sometimes remark that his last name began with "ham" for a reason, charmed audiences with his ad-libs and improvisational agility.

He routinely included a segment he called "Rent-a-Composer," in which he composed and performed songs based on the crowd's outlandish suggestions.