The composer Marvin Hamlisch died at the age of 68 this week. He had been suffering from a brief but unspecified illness, USA Today reports. Hamlisch was well-known for his work composing music for Broadway musicals and screen musicals, including A Chorus Line, The Way We Were and The Sting. He also wrote a number of memorable film scores, for films such as Sophie's Choice and Take The Money And Run, as well as contributing to the music for the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me.

Hamlisch was well-respected and well-decorated for his talents. He has won a gamut of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards and Tony Awards. 1974 was a key year for Hamlisch' career as he landed three Oscars; two for his work on The Way We Were and one for The Sting. As a child, Marvin was the youngest student ever to be accepted into the highly-regarded Juilliard School, where he began studying at the age of seven. His first break came when he landed a job as rehearsal pianist and assistant vocal arranger for Funny Girl, which starred Barbra Streisand. He also went on to have a successful working relationship with the stage and screen legend LIZA MINELLI, including orchestrating the 1974 show 'Liza' and her triumphant 2008 return, 'Liza at the Palace.'
As well as his high profile career in Hollywood and on Broadway, Hamlisch also worked tirelessly as an arranger and conductor. He led symphony orchestras across the United States and continued to work until the end of his life. One of his most recent compositions will be heard in the forthcoming HBO movie about Liberace, entitled 'Behind the Candleabra.'