Photo of Marvin Hamlisch Marvin Hamlisch

The son of an accordionist, composer Marvin Hamlisch was born June 2, 1944, in New York City. At the age of 7, he became the youngest pupil ever accepted by the prestigious Julliard School of Music.

In 1964, Hamlisch began working as a rehearsal pianist for Broadway shows, including "Funny Girl" starring Barbra Streisand. A year later, he co-wrote the pop tune "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," and songbird Lesley Gore made it a hit single. But much greater success lay in store for Hamlisch via the silver screen. In 1974, he scored a hat trick at the Oscars, winning three Academy Awards on the same night: one for The Sting and two for The Way We Were.

Turning his talents back to Broadway, Hamlisch left his imprint on musical theater with his scoring of "A Chorus Line" and was rewarded with a 1976 Tony. His later work includes the original score for the 2009 black comedy The Informant, which earned him a Golden Globe nod. He died Aug. 6, 2012, leaving a rich musical legacy.

Marvin Hamlisch in Every Little Step

Every Little Step

2008 PG-13

Glimpse at what happens backstage at a Broadway show with this documentary that follows hopeful dancers as they audition for spots in the 2006 revival of "A Chorus Line." Clear parallels exist between the aspiring actors and the events in the play.

  • Marvin Hamlisch in Directors: Barbra Streisand Directors: Barbra Streisand