Without Marvin Hamlisch, we would never know “What I Did for Love,” or “The Way We Were.” Hamlisch died after a brief illness in a Los Angeles hospital according to a spokesperson for the composer. He was 68.
The winner of almost every musical award that there is to win; three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards. In spite of his success as a composer, one of Hamlisch’s greatest loves was to stand before an orchestra and conduct. Recently, Hamlisch had been on tour with vocalist Idina Menzel on a multi-city tour of the U.S. and Great Britain. The musical duo were quite a team on stage with Menzel paying tribute to the consummate composer by performing some of his works during their performance.
One of Hamlisch’s most well-known collaborations was on the score for the 1973 film “The Way We Were,” and its eponymous title track sung by vocal legend Barbra Streisand. Hamlisch was often asked about their pairing, and in an interview he had this to say about the songstress.
“Barbra Streisand is without a doubt one of the most honest people I have ever known,” he said. “She still will be making records and starring and directing in movies long after I am gone.”