Composer Marvin Hamlisch has passed away at the age of 68.
He died in Los Angeles on Monday (August 6) following “a brief illness”, a family spokesperson confirmed to the press. Hamlisch had been scheduled to fly to Nashville, Tennessee later this week to watch a performance of his new musical The Nutty Professor.
Hamlisch wrote the scores for more than 40 movies, including The Way We Were, The Sting, The Spy Who Loved Me, Three Men And A Baby and Shirley Valentine. His most recent film project was scoring Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant! in 2009.
He also composed scores for numerous Broadway musicals and served as Barbra Streisand‘s musical director on tours and TV specials. He was one of only 11 people to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, the coveted ‘EGOT’. In a statement, Streisand said that she was “devastated” by the loss of her longtime collaborator and called Hamlisch a “true musical genius”.
During his five-decade composing career, Hamlisch saw several of his compositions become chart hits. Streisand scored a US Number One with ‘The Way We Were’ in 1974, while his Bond theme ‘Nobody Does It Better’ became a Top Ten hit for Carly Simon in 1977. Hamlisch is survived by his wife Terre, whom he married in 1989.