Marvin Hamlisch


Composer

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
June 02, 1944
Died
August 06, 2012
Cause of Death
Respiratory Arrest

Biography

As one of the most gifted and decorated film composers of his generation, Marvin Hamlisch became one of only two people in history to amass an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize in his lifetime. It was small wonder that Hamlisch achieved such greatness, having scored some of the biggest, most memorable films in cinema history, including "The Sting" (1974), "The Spy Who...

Family & Companions

Carol Bayer Sager
Companion
Lyricist. Together in 1970s ; collaborated on Broadway musical "They're Playing Our Song", based on their relationship.
Emma Samms
Companion
Actor. Briefly engaged in the late 1970s.
Terre Blair
Wife
TV personality. Married March 6, 1989.

Bibliography

"The Way I Was"
Marvin Hamlisch with Gerald Gardner, Scribner (1992)

Notes

Hamlisch also composed the theme for the TV show, "Good Morning, America."

When he picked up his 1995 Emmy, Hamlisch became the sixth person to win each of the four major entertainment awards in competition. (Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, Richard Rodgers, Rita Moreno and John Gielgud were the other five.) In 2001, two more people joined that elite club: Mel Brooks and Mike Nichols.

Biography

As one of the most gifted and decorated film composers of his generation, Marvin Hamlisch became one of only two people in history to amass an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize in his lifetime. It was small wonder that Hamlisch achieved such greatness, having scored some of the biggest, most memorable films in cinema history, including "The Sting" (1974), "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977), "Ordinary People" (1980) and "Sophie's Choice" (1982). But it was his longtime collaboration with Barbra Streisand that earned Hamlisch acclaim on both stage and screen. Starting with his chance hiring as a rehearsal pianist for the Broadway debut of "Funny Girl" (1964), Hamlisch and Streisand established themselves as a vibrant collaborative force with the romantic drama, "The Way We Were" (1973). Years later, he joined Streisand as the conductor for her 1994 concert tour, which was filmed for HBO and earned him two Emmy Awards. Following his Oscar-nominated music for her star vehicle, "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996), he won another Emmy for arranging and conducting the music for the television special, "Barbra Streisand - Timeless" (Fox, 2001), which confirmed that Hamlisch was perhaps the single most accomplished composer working in Hollywood.

Born on June 2, 1944 in New York, NY, Hamlisch was raised by his mother, Lilly, and his father, Max, a musician from Vienna who emigrated to America in order to escape the Nazis. A child prodigy, Hamlisch displayed his prowess early when he began mimicking songs from the radio on the piano. At seven years old, he became the youngest student ever to be admitted to the famed Juilliard School of Music, where he spent the next 13 years studying his craft. But since he had performance anxiety, Hamlisch was limited to learning composition and theory, rather than focusing on becoming a concert pianist. After he left Juilliard in 1964, he was hired as a rehearsal pianist for the Broadway production of "Funny Girl," which starred Barbra Streisand in the role that made her a star. Also that year, his song, "Travelin' Man," was recorded by Liza Minnelli on her debut album, Liza! Liza! (1964). But his first hit came the following year when he co-wrote the bouncy "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," which Lesley Gore recorded and turned into a hit in 1965. He subsequently co-wrote another of Gore's hits, "California Nights" (1967), but by this time Hamlisch had already made in-roads in Hollywood. During that time, he spent four years earning his bachelor's degree from City College, graduating in 1967.

After serving as a vocal arranger on "The Bell Telephone Hour" (NBC, 1959-1968), where he collaborated with such stars as Lena Horne and Tony Bennett, Hamlisch had his first break as a film composer through something of a fluke. At a party given by Sam Spiegel, he was hired to play piano and so impressed the famous producer that he hired Hamlisch to score "The Swimmer" (1968). The haunting themes he created did much to enhance this character study about a wealthy advertising man (Burt Lancaster) confronting his disturbing past. With his film career on track, he went on to work with Woody Allen twice; first on "Take the Money and Run" (1969), then on "Bananas" (1971), while in between he scored "The April Fools" (1969), a romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon, Catherine Deneuve and Peter Lawford. With his song "Life Is What You Make It," which he co-wrote with Jonny Mercer for the bittersweet drama, "Kotch" (1971), Hamlisch earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. While the writing duo did win a Golden Globe Award, they lost the Academy Award to Isaac Hayes' "Theme from 'Shaft'."

Within two years, however, Hamlisch made cinema history by becoming the second person to win three Oscars in one evening; with the first being Billy Wilder in 1960. The first came for his adaptation of several Scott Joplin rags for "The Sting" (1973), while the second and third were for his lush romantic score and title song, with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, for "The Way We Were" (1973), starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. Hamlisch next turned his attention to the Broadway stage, creating the music for the landmark Broadway show, "A Chorus Line" (1975). While initial critical reaction overlooked the score in favor of the dazzling production and Michael Bennett's outstanding direction and choreography, audiences particularly responded to the music. In fact, the ballad "What I Did for Love" eventually became a modern standard. His exemplary work earned Hamlisch a Tony Award for Best Score, which he shared with lyricist Edward Kleban, and the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, which he won alongside Kleban, and novel writers James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante. Meanwhile, "A Chorus Line" held the record as the longest-running musical in Broadway history until June 1997, when Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" surpassed it.

Though capable in a number of idioms, Hamlisch was particularly adept at incorporating a pop sensibility into his compositions, as he did with the James Bond movie, "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977). The music, which featured a disco-funk version of the James Bond theme during the exhilarating opening ski chase, earned him more Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for "Nobody D s It Better," performed by Carly Simon. Hamlisch found himself in Oscar contention once again for the original song "The Last Time I Felt Like This" from "Same Time, Next Year" (1978), starring Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. After a mixed critical reception for the stage outing, "They're Playing Our Song" (1978), loosely based on his romantic relationship with lyricist Carole Bayer Sager, Hamlisch received an Academy Award nod for his song "Through the Eyes of Love" from the romantic sports drama "Ice Castles" (1979). Hamlisch next adapted the music for Robert Redford's directorial debut, "Ordinary People" (1980), which he followed by arranging the period music for "Pennies From Heaven" (1981).

Hamlisch continued to create award-worthy music with the score for "Sophie's Choice" (1982), which earned him another Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score. Though his relationship with Bayer Sager was now over, the two remained professional collaborators, writing songs for musicals like "Jean Seberg" (1983) and "Smile" (1986). Back on the big screen, an adaptation of Hamlisch's stage success, "A Chorus Line" (1985), earned him an Academy Award nomination for the song "Surprise, Surprise." Hamlisch next settled into a string of not-so-inspired scores for movies like "D.A.R.Y.L." (1985), "Three Men and a Baby" (1987) and "Little Nikita" (1988). He turned in another Oscar-caliber effort with the song "The Girl Who Used to Be Me" from "Shirley Valentine" (1989). After writing the scores for "January Man" (1989), "Missing Pieces" (1991) and "Frankie and Johnny" (1991), Hamlisch began turning more to television, including scoring the theme song for "Brooklyn Bridge" (CBS, 1991-93), which earned him his first Emmy Award nomination. A return to the stage to arrange the music for Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl" (1993) was met with scorn from both critics and audiences, resulting in one of the worst failures of his career.

Hamlisch earned his greatest small screen acclaim for arranging and directing the music for "Barbra: The Concert" (HBO, 1994), which bestowed upon him Emmys for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction. Reuniting with Streisand on the big screen, he earned his 12th Oscar nomination with a nod for Best Original Song for "I Finally Found Someone" from "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996). The song was co-written with rock star Bryan Adams, Adams' frequent collaborator Robert John 'Mutt' Lange, and Streisand herself. In 1999, Hamlisch collaborated with Bayer Sager on the song "With You" for "AFI's 100 Years 100 Stars" (CBS), which earned the songwriting duo an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music and Lyrics. His success with Streisand continued unabated when his music arrangements and direction gave him another Emmy Award for his work on "Barbra Streisand - Timeless" (Fox, 2001). That same year, he earned an Emmy nod for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the song "On the Way to Becoming Me" for the television special, "American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbra Streisand" (Fox, 2001).

As he entered into the 21st century, Hamlisch scored films and television projects with lesser frequency while he concentrated on conducting for various symphonies across the United States, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. After scoring the music for the made-for-television drama, "Candles on Bay Street" (CBS, 2007), Hamlisch returned to cinema scoring after an eight-year absence to compose the music for "The Informant!" (2009), director Steven Soderbergh's manic black comedy about hot-shot Archer-Daniels executive, Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon), who turns FBI informant, only to find himself jailed for embezzlement. For his work on the film, Hamlisch received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score - Motion Picture. In that same year, he arranged the music for the TV special "Liza's at the Palace" (PBS, 2009), which featured Liza Minnelli in a Broadway show that included a revised version of her mother's tribute to vaudeville. After serving as the conductor for "Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony" (PBS, 2012), Hamlisch was preparing to reunite with Soderbergh to score the director's Liberace biopic, "Behind the Candelabra," but on Aug. 6, 2012, he suddenly died following a brief undisclosed illness. Hamlisch had showed no signs of slowing down, and just weeks before his death he had vigorously conducted a concert with the Pasadena Pops featuring Michael Feinstein, which fittingly ended with a rendition of "The Way We Were." He was 68 years old and left behind a legacy as one of the most decorated conductors of the latter 20th century.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Every Little Step (2008)
How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Self
How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Himself

Producer (Feature Film)

The Entertainer (1976)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Lean on Pete (2017)
Song
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Song
Behind the Candelabra (2013)
Music
Behind the Candelabra (2013)
Music Producer
Dirty Girl (2011)
Song
The Informant (2009)
Music
Fired Up! (2009)
Song
Land of the Lost (2009)
Song
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Song
Meet Dave (2008)
Song
Every Little Step (2008)
Music
Bedtime Stories (2008)
Song
Shrek the Third (2007)
Song
American Dreamz (2006)
Song
Candles on Bay Street (2006)
Music
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
Song
Little Black Book (2004)
Song
Connie and Carla (2004)
Song
Lost in Translation (2003)
Composer
How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Song
The In-Laws (2003)
Song
How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Song Performer
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Song
200 Cigarettes (1999)
Song
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Song
My Giant (1998)
Song
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (1998)
Music
The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
Music Composer And Adapter
The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
Song ("I Finally Found Someone")
Open Season (1995)
Music
Angie (1994)
Song
Seasons of the Heart (1994)
Music
Frankie and Johnny (1991)
Music Conductor
Frankie and Johnny (1991)
Music
Missing Pieces (1991)
Music
The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)
Song
What About Bob? (1991)
Song
Women & Men: Stories of Seduction (1990)
Music
Experts (1989)
Music
The January Man (1989)
Music
The January Man (1989)
Song
Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
Song
Shirley Valentine (1989)
Song ("The Girl Who Used To Be")
David (1988)
Music
Big (1988)
Song
Little Nikita (1988)
Music
Three Men and a Baby (1987)
Music
When the Time Comes (1987)
Music
Three Men and a Baby (1987)
Song
Shy People (1987)
Song
The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1987)
Music
A Chorus Line (1985)
Song
D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
Song
D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
Music
A Streetcar Named Desire (1984)
Music
Romantic Comedy (1983)
Song ("Maybe")
Romantic Comedy (1983)
Music
I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982)
Music
Sophie's Choice (1982)
Music
The Fan (1981)
Song
The Devil And Max Devlin (1981)
Song
Pennies From Heaven (1981)
Music Arranger
Pennies From Heaven (1981)
Music; Music Director
Ordinary People (1980)
Music
Seems Like Old Times (1980)
Music
Chapter Two (1979)
Music
Starting Over (1979)
Song
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
Song
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
Music
Ice Castles (1978)
Song
Ice Castles (1978)
Music
The Spy who Loved Me (1977)
Music
The Spy who Loved Me (1977)
Song
The Entertainer (1976)
Music
The Prisoner Of Second Avenue (1974)
Music
The Underground Man (1974)
Song
The World's Greatest Athlete (1973)
Music
The Way We Were (1973)
Music
Save the Tiger (1973)
Music
The Sting (1973)
Music Adaptation
Fat City (1972)
Music Supervisor
The War Between Men and Women (1972)
Music
The War Between Men and Women (1972)
Composer
Bananas (1971)
Music
Kotch (1971)
Music
something big (1971)
Music score comp and Conductor
Bananas (1971)
Composer
Kotch (1971)
Composer
Flap (1970)
Music
Move (1970)
Music
Move (1970)
Composer
Flap (1970)
Composer
The April Fools (1969)
Music Composition
Take the Money and Run (1969)
Music Composition
The Swimmer (1968)
Music
Ski Party (1965)
Composer

Cast (Special)

Politically Incorrect After Party Presented By Pepsi (1999)
Ann-Margret: Sugar and Spice (1998)
To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th (1998)
The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle (1997)
Marvin Hamlisch & the Pittsburgh Pops (1996)
Gail Sheehy's New Passages (1996)
Barbra: The Concert (1994)
The 47th Annual Tony Awards (1993)
Performer
Here He Is... The One, The Only... Groucho (1991)
Music By Richard Rodgers (1990)
SST: Screen, Stage, Television (1989)
A Salute to Broadway: Showstoppers (1988)
Master Of Ceremonies
A Salute to Broadway: The Shows (1988)
A Salute to Broadway: Chorus Lines (1988)
Master Of Ceremonies
A Tribute to American Music: Jerome Kern (1987)
Master Of Ceremonies
A Tribute to American Music: Rodgers and Hart (1987)
Master Of Ceremonies
A Capitol Fourth -- 1987 (1987)
Performer
The Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies (1987)
A Tribute to American Music: Cole Porter (1987)
Master Of Ceremonies
The Music Makers: An ASCAP Celebration of American Music at Wolf Trap (1987)
NBC News Statue of Liberty Special (1986)
Performer
A Tribute to American Music: George Gershwin (1986)
Master Of Ceremonies
Irving Berlin's America (1986)

Producer (Special)

Marvin Hamlisch & the Pittsburgh Pops (1996)
Executive Producer

Music (Special)

Taxicab Confessions: New York, New York (2003)
Song
Barbra Streisand -- Timeless (2001)
Music Arranger
Barbra Streisand -- Timeless (2001)
Music Conductor
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbra Streisand (2001)
Music
The AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars (1999)
Music ("Without You")
To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th (1998)
Music
Marvin Hamlisch & the Pittsburgh Pops (1996)
Music
Barbra: The Concert (1994)
Song
Barbra: The Concert (1994)
Music
Liza Minnelli Live! From Radio City Music Hall (1992)
Music Arranger
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1990)
Music
The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1989)
Music Supervisor
The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1989)
Song
SST: Screen, Stage, Television (1989)
Theme Music
The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1989)
Music
A Salute to Broadway: Showstoppers (1988)
Music Director
A Salute to Broadway: Showstoppers (1988)
Song Performer ("Send In The Clowns")
A Salute to Broadway: Chorus Lines (1988)
Music Director
A Salute to Broadway: The Shows (1988)
Music
Liza Minnelli in Sam Found Out: A Triple Play (1988)
Music
A Tribute to American Music: Cole Porter (1987)
Song Performer ("Friendship" "You'Re The Top")
Day to Day (1987)
Music
The Music Makers: An ASCAP Celebration of American Music at Wolf Trap (1987)
Song Performer
A Tribute to American Music: Rodgers and Hart (1987)
Song Performer
The Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies (1987)
Song Performer ("Winners All")
The Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies (1987)
Song ("Winners All")
Andy Williams and the NBC Kids: Easter in Rome (1987)
Song ("Through The Eyes Of Love")
A Tribute to American Music: Jerome Kern (1987)
Music Director
Irving Berlin's America (1986)
Song Performer
The Shirley MacLaine Show (1985)
Music
Baryshnikov on Broadway (1980)
Song
Jerry (1974)
Music
Ma and Pa (1974)
Music
Three For the Girls (1973)
Music Director
Doc Elliot (1973)
Music
Special London Bridge Special (1972)
Music

Misc. Crew (Special)

Politically Incorrect After Party Presented By Pepsi (1999)
Other
Marvin Hamlisch & the Pittsburgh Pops (1996)
Other

Music (TV Mini-Series)

Switched at Birth (1991)
Music
The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (1987)
Music

Life Events

1960

Met Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland through friend who was dating Minnelli

1964

Hired as rehearsal pianist for "Funny Girl"; first collaboration with Barbra Streisand

1965

Had first hit with "Sunshine, Lolipops and Rainbows," recorded by Lesley Gore

1967

Hired to play piano for party given by Sam Spiegel; impressed Spiegel who hired Hamlisch to score "The Swimmer"

1967

Wrote "California Nights" for Gore

1968

Composed first film score "The Swimmer"

1970

Met Ann-Margret; later worked on her Las Vegas, NV act

1971

First Oscar nomination, for composing song "LIfe Is What You Make It" from "Kotch"

1973

Became first person to win three music Oscars in one night

1974

Worked as accompanist and "straight man" to Groucho Marx

1975

Made debut as concert pianist with Minneapolis Orchestra

1976

Produced first TV special "The Entertainer" (NBC)

1976

Composed first Broadway score "A Chorus Line"; won a Tony Award and shared a Pulitzer Prize in Drama

1977

First collaboration with Carole Bayer Sager, the song "Nobody Does It Better" from the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me"

1978

Composed music for "Ice Castles," including theme song "Through the Eyes of Love"

1979

Wrote second Broadway musical "They're Playing Our Song" with Carole Bayer Sager; show based on their relationship

1983

First stage flop, "Jean"; a musical biography of Jean Seberg, which premiered in London

1986

Collaborated with Howard Ashman on the short-lived Broadway musical "Smile"

1993

Returned to Broadway with the ill-fated musical version of Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl"

1994

Conducted orchestra for Barbra Streisand's concert tour

1996

Received 12th Oscar nomination for the song "I Finally Found Someone" from Barbra Streisand's "The Mirror Has Two Faces"; song co-written by Streisand, Bryan Adams, and Robert John 'Mutt' Lange

1997

Added new songs (co-written with lyricist David Zippel) for the London production of "The Goodbye Girl"

1998

Collaborated with the Bergmans to pen song "A Ticket to Dream" for "AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies" (CBS), received Emmy Award

1999

Reteamed with Carole Bayer Sager on song "With You" featured in the special "AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars"; garnered Emmy nomination

2000

Wrote the music to Craig Carnella's lyrics for the score to the stage musical "Sweet Smell of Success"; show tentatively scheduled for Broadway in February 2002

2001

Picked up Emmy nominations as music director for the Fox special "Barbra Streisand: Timeless" and as composer of the song "On the Way to Becoming Me" (written with Alan and Marilyn Bergman) for "American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbra Streisand"; won award for the former

2009

Composed the music for "The Informant"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score

2012

Conducted orchestra for "Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony" (PBS)

Videos

Movie Clip

Spy Who Loved Me, The (1977) - Nobody Does It Better, Credits Only just beginning the true action-opening after six minutes, Roger Moore as 007, (maybe?) not knowing he’s been betrayed by his lover is pursued by unspecified assailants on skis from an Austrian Alpine hideaway, in a segment said to have caused Prince Charles to stand and applaud at a private screening, leading to the credits and hit semi-title song, by Carole Bayer Sager and Marvin Hamlisch, performed by Carly Simon, in The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977.
Bananas (1971) - Four Hundred And Ninety On Rye Co-writer and director Woody Allen as conscripted Peace Corps volunteer Fielding Mellish, elected by Latin American revolutionary comrade Luis (Miguel Suarez) and leader Esposito (Jacobo Morales) to get lunch, in Bananas, 1971, from a screenplay by Allen and Mickey Rose.
Way We Were, The (1973) - All-American Smile Artful sequence from director Sydney Pollack in which Katie (Barbra Streisand) is disappointed when the professor chooses a story by Hubbell (Robert Redford) over hers in The Way We Were, 1973.
Swimmer, The (1968) - Gorgeous Pool Now committed to the idea of "swimming home," Ned (Burt Lancaster) sneaks up on Betty (Kim Hunter), later joined by her husband Howard (Charles Drake), in The Swimmer, 1968, from a John Cheever story.
Swimmer, The (1968) - Here And There Opening scene, Ned (Burt Lancaster) appears in the backyard pool of Don (Tony Bickley) and Helen (Diana Van Der Vils), joined later by Stu (Richard McMurray) and Peggy (Marge Champion), in The Swimmer, 1968.
Swimmer, The (1968) - Race Middle-aged suburbanite Ned (Burt Lancaster), first with subjective camera, then in a footrace with what looks like a thoroughbred, traversing the Connecticut countryside in The Swimmer, 1968, from a John Cheever story.
World's Greatest Athlete, The - Three Inches High Witch-doctor Gazenga (Roscoe Lee Browne) encounters assistant coach Milo (Tim Conway) in a hotel bar in Disney's The World's Greatest Athlete, 1973.
World's Greatest Athlete, The - Coach Archer Opening scenes show the challenges facing Coach Archer (John Amos) and his assistant Milo (Tim Conway) in Disney's The World's Greatest Athlete, 1973.

Trailer

Bananas - (Original Trailer) In Bananas (1971), his second starring comedy, Woody Allen plays an American who becomes a Central American dictator.
Way We Were, The - (Original Trailer) Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in one of the '70's greatest romances wrapped around the turbulent American politics of the 30's and 40's.
Same Time, Next Year - (Original Trailer) Although married to others, a man (Alan Alda) and a woman (Ellen Burstyn) embark on an annual affair in Same Time, Next Year (1978).
Ordinary People -- (Original Trailer) After a young man drowns, his family fights to recover from the trauma in Ordinary People (1980), directed by Robert Redford and starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton.
Swimmer, The - (Original Trailer) A tortured man reflects on past mistakes while "swimming" home through his neighbors' pools in The Swimmer (1968) starring Burt Lancaster.
Seems Like Old Times - (Original Trailer) Lady lawyer Goldie Hawn tries to hide her ex-husband Chevy Chase when he's wrongly accused of bank robbery in Neil Simon's Seems Like Old Times (1980).
Take the Money and Run - (Original Trailer) Woody Allen's first movie written by, directed by and starring himself is the mockumentary Take the Money and Run (1969).
Pennies From Heaven (1981) - (Original Trailer) A sheet music salesman finds love in depression-era Chicago in Pennies From Heaven (1981), starring Steve Martin.
Prisoner of Second Avenue, The - (Original Trailer) Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft play a newly unemployed executive and his wife in Neil Simon's comedy The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975).
Save The Tiger - (Original Trailer) Jack Lemmon won a Best Actor Award portraying Harry Stoner, a clothing manufacturer at the end of his rope, in Save The Tiger (1973).

Family

Max Hamlisch
Father
Musician. Viennese immigrant; moved to USA to escape the Nazis.
Lilly Hamlisch
Mother
Theresa Hamlisch
Sister
Casting director. Older; died of breast cancer on February 24, 2001.

Companions

Carol Bayer Sager
Companion
Lyricist. Together in 1970s ; collaborated on Broadway musical "They're Playing Our Song", based on their relationship.
Emma Samms
Companion
Actor. Briefly engaged in the late 1970s.
Terre Blair
Wife
TV personality. Married March 6, 1989.

Bibliography

"The Way I Was"
Marvin Hamlisch with Gerald Gardner, Scribner (1992)

Notes

Hamlisch also composed the theme for the TV show, "Good Morning, America."

When he picked up his 1995 Emmy, Hamlisch became the sixth person to win each of the four major entertainment awards in competition. (Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, Richard Rodgers, Rita Moreno and John Gielgud were the other five.) In 2001, two more people joined that elite club: Mel Brooks and Mike Nichols.

On why he has more or less stopped composing film scores, Hamlisch told Susan King of the Los Angeles Times (July 27, 2000): "To tell you the truth, there's really only so much time, and I really want to do some more Broadway shows before I pack it in."