The widow of acclaimed composer Marvin Hamlisch has filed court papers in New York raising questions about the cause of the legendary musician's death.
The Oscar and Grammy winner died on 6 August (12) after a brief illness, and coroners listed respiratory arrest, hypertension and brain damage from a lack of oxygen as the reason for the 68 year old's unexpected passing.
However, his Tv broadcaster wife, Terre Blair, believes there may have been other factors leading to his death and has asked a Manhattan Supreme Court judge to force doctors at Columbia University Medical Center to hand over the results of blood tests done shortly before Hamlisch's demise, reports the New York Post.
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Barbra Streisand returned to her home town of Brooklyn on Thursday (October 11th 2012) for the first time in several long years to perform the first of two concerts in the New York borough.
The American superstar who has in her acting and singing career won two Academy Awards, five Golden Globes and eight Grammy awards thrilled her Brooklyn audience as she appeared on stage with her orchestra at the Barclays Center which seats 19,000 people. She opened her set with the words, 'Who says you can't go home again?' before launching into her 1994 track 'As If We Never Said Goodbye'; an appropriate opener for a homecoming concert of this kind. Surprises were also in store for her fans as the rumors of a guest singer were confirmed when she introduced her son and first child JASON GOULD on to the stage to exercise some of his own vocal talent.
Streisand managed to send tears streaming down the faces of every man and woman in the audience with a rendition of her 1974 number one hit 'The Way We Were' which she dedicated to the recently deceased composer Marvin Hamlisch who wrote the music for the track.
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Acclaimed composer Marvin Hamlisch vowed to leave the majority of his estate and his entire treasure trove of Oscars, Emmys and Grammy Awards to his wife, even if they split up before his death.
The legendary musician drafted the final version of his will in May, 2011 and stipulated that Tv broadcaster Terre Blair, who he wed in 1989, should receive his haul of trophies and his musical recordings, "regardless of whether we are married to each other or legally separated or divorced on the date of my death".
Blair remained by his side until his death on 6 August (12) and her loyalty was rewarded with all of the copyrights, contract rights and intellectual property to his entire library of work, including Broadway hit A Chorus Line, Barbra Streisand's 1973 movie The Way We Were and 1973's The Sting, both of which landed him Academy Awards.
The Broadway star jetted to London last October (11) to perform a concert with Hamlisch at the city's prestigious Royal Albert Hall, marking one of the legendary composer's last U.K. appearances.
Menzel returned to the British capital earlier this week (02Oct12) for a series of shows at the Apollo Theatre, but admits being in England has reminded her of her dear friend Hamlisch, who died as a result of lung failure in August (12).
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The stars came out to pay tribute to the late American composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch who passed away last month aged 68, with Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin and Liza Minelli appearing at a memorial service in tribute to the great music writer.
The BBC reports that the invite-only service was held at New York’s Juilliard School and saw Minelli perform If You Really Knew Me from the musical They’re Playing My Song whilst Franklin sung James Bond theme Nobody Does It Better. It was a fitting tribute to someone who won three Academy Awards, a Tony, four Grammys , four Emmys and a Pultizer Prize during their career.
The event was arranged by Streisand and she commented on Hamlisch's life by saying "Without explaining why or how, we understood each other’s anxieties," in reference to their shared Jewish heritage.
An audience that included Michael Douglas and Sarah Jessica Parker were treated to performances not just by three women who are among the finest voices in popular music history, but also three of Hamlisch’s closest friends, making it a wholly fitting evening. Minelli said that she’d known him since they were in their teens, whilst Franklin performed a version of the spiritual ballad Deep River in homage. The tribute also featured While I Still Have The Time - a song from his final musical, The Nutty Professor, which premiered in Nashville in August.
Barbra Streisand has officially become the most expensive touring artist of all time. The 70 year-old singer is about to embark on a rare tour and will be charging her fans up to $1,500 for a ticket. And if you've got the $1,500 for the ticket, the assumption is that you won't mind shelling out the $75 service fee on top of that, either. Huffington Post report that Streisand's newly-announced batch of concerts will be charging the extortionate prices, including two dates at Brooklyn's Barclays Centre on October 11 and 13, 2012.
One tour promoter explained why Streisand is so in demand: "Streisand isn't an artist that goes on the road all the time. In fact, seeing her perform live is a very, very rare thing. I can't think of another artist that could sell tickets at a price like this -- maybe if Elvis came back from the dead. What's the most amazing thing is she doesn't care. Her attitude is, 'If you want to hear me sing, pay up." It's not all an act of greed on Streisand's part though; proceeds from the highly-priced tour will go towards charities supported by the Barbra Streisand Foundation; it's not just a ploy to increase Barbra Streisand net worth. Still, it's a hell of a hike from her 1994 ticket prices, which went at around $100 for the top priced tickets.
Last night (September 18, 2012), Barbra Streisand joined Aretha Franklin and Liza Minnelli in a concert paying tribute to the late songwriter Marvin Hamlisch. Streisand performed a version of 'The Way We Were,' from the film of the same name.
Andrea Rae Torre, Joe Torre, Ali Torre, Memorial, Marvin Hamlisch, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Julliard School. New York and City Tuesday 18th September 2012 Andrea Rae Torre, Joe Torre and Ali Torre attending the Memorial to honor Marvin Hamlisch, held at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Julliard School. New York City, USA
Marvin Hamlisch's funeral drew some of the biggest names of stage and screen - as well as some pretty well known world figures - in New York City on Tuesday (August 14, 2012). Legendary conductor Marvin Hamlisch died unexpectedly on August 6 in Los Angeles - he was 68.
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Hamlisch, who boasted the rare honour of being one of only two people ever awarded an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, passed away after a brief illness in Los Angeles on 6 August (12), aged 68.
Family and friends mourned his passing at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in New York on both Sunday (12Aug12) and Monday (13Aug12), but on Tuesday dozens of famous faces turned out to say their final goodbyes at the Jewish Temple Emanu-El - the site of George Gershwin's memorial.
Entertainer Minnelli, who considered Hamlisch a "best friend", and Glee actress Menzel, who called the composer her "second father", were both on hand to honour their late pal, as were many fans of his work, including, Gere, Clinton, Tony Danza, Candice Bergen, Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara, comedian Robert Klein, and filmmaker Mike Nichols.
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Both stars were close to the Oscar winner and Glee actress Menzel reveals the beloved maestro was like a "second father" to her.
In a touching tweet on Tuesday (07Aug12), she wrote, "Marvin was a friend and mentor... To have shared the stage with such a legend has been some of the most rewarding moments in my career.
"Not only does he leave us with the most precious of melodies and music, but anyone who has ever shared an after-show drink with him can attest to his hysterical storytelling and deep love for his stunning wife, Terre. My heart is broken. He made me feel so special. I love him so much."
Continue reading: Liza Minnelli & Idina Menzel Offer Up Tributes To Hamlisch
The singer/actress befriended Hamlisch in the 1960s and they went on to work together on a number of projects, including the 1973 movie The Way We Were, which earned the musician two Academy Awards.
He collapsed after a brief illness and died on Monday (06Aug12), and Streisand has been left heartbroken by the loss.
In a statement posted on her website on Tuesday (07Aug12), she writes, "I'm devastated. He was my dear friend. He's been in my life ever since the first day I met him in 1963, when he was my rehearsal pianist for Funny Girl. He played at my wedding in 1998... and recently for me at a benefit for women's heart disease.
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