(June 2, 1944 — August 6, 2012) was an award-winning American composer, songwriter and conductor. He was 1 of only 12 EGOTs, winners of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. He was 1 of 10 people to win 3 or more Oscars in one night, the only person other than a director or screenwriter to do so. And he was 1 of only 2 people to win those 4 awards and a Pulitzer Prize
(the other being Richard Rodgers
). He also won 2 Golden Globes.
The son of a Austrian-born accordionist and bandleader, Hamlisch demonstrated great musical talent at a early age
, enrolling into what is now the Julliard School Pre-College Division at age 7.
His first job was as a rehearsal pianist for Funny Girl
with Barbra Streisand
, which led to a lifelong friendship and musical partnership.Liza Minelli
's debut album included a song he'd written as a teenager, but he'd first reached national prominence in 1965, when the song "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows", co-written with Howard Liebling, was recorded by Lesley Gore, hitting #13 on the Billboard Top 100.
Among his better-known works in the 1970s were his adaptation of Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer", famously featured in the 1973 film The Sting
, hitting #1 on the Billboard Contemporary charts, as well as #3 on the top 100 of that year, also earning an Academy Award for Best Adapted Score. That same evening, he'd win two more Academy Awards, for Best Original Song and Best Original Score for The Way We Were
, making him the second person to win 3 Oscars the same evening after Billy Wilder
Notable Theatre Credits:
- A Chorus Line (1975) - Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award for Best Musical Score
- They're Playing Our Song (1978)
- Jean Seberg (1983)
- Smile (1986)
- The Goodbye Girl (1993)
- Imaginary Friends (2002)
- The Nutty Professor (2012)
Notable Film Credits: