Marvin Hamlisch - Marvin Hamlisch Dubbed A 'Genuis' At Emotional Funeral

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.
According to the Los Angeles Times, his funeral was attended by a star-studded crowd including director Mike Nichols, baseball great Joe Torre, Liza Minnelli and Bill Clinton. The former President described the late composer as a "great, giving genius", saying, "Genius is rare enough, but a good-hearted genius is rarer still.A good-hearted, humble and hilarious genius is almost unheard-of". Statements of sympathy had previously come in from President Barack Obama and the former First Lady Nancy Reagan. The well-attended funeral took place at Congregation Emanu-El, a Manhattan synagogue that also hosted George Gershwin's funeral in 1937. A choir performed Hamlisch's 'The Way We Were' and 'What I Did For Love', and singer Idina Menzel sang, 'At the Ballet'. A free memorial concert called 'Music Under the Stars' in Pasadena will be hosted by the actor Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame.
Hamlisch was one of only eleven people who have been awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. He also won a Pulitzer Prize and a Golden Globe in an astonishing career that was unrivalled.


Contactmusic

Tags: Marvin Hamlisch - Liza Minnelli - Bill Clinton - Barack Obama - Jason Alexander


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

"Fifty Shades Of Grey Trailer" Reaches Viral Status: Most Watched Trailer Of 2014

If you’re not a Fifty Shades of Grey fan, that’s ok, apparently the...

Actors That Just Can't Stand The Sight of Each Other

Recently, Freddie Prinze Jr. revealed that he thought Kiefer Sutherland was ‘the most...

Actors That Just Can't Stand The Sight of Each Other

Introducing Magic, The Band Behind This Summer's Hit, 'Rude'

You've heard the song on the radio. People are humming it anywhere...

Introducing Magic, The Band Behind This Summer's Hit, 'Rude'

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj Link Up For 'Bang Bang' Single

What happens when three of the biggest names in pop music all have...

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj Link Up For 'Bang Bang' Single

Everybody Wants A Piece of Chris Pratt, Guardian of The Galaxy

It’s been a well-documented rise to fame for Chris Pratt – the guy who used...

Everybody Wants A Piece of Chris Pratt, Guardian of The Galaxy

The Best Movie Trailers To Emerge From Comic-Con 2014

The San Diego Comic-Con may be over but the buzz surrounding its contents is only just...

The Best Movie Trailers To Emerge From Comic-Con 2014
Advertisement

Sharks And Absurdity Descend On NYC In "Sharknado 2: The Second One"

As unfortunate as the idea of Sharknado 2 sounds, it’s happening. Let that...

Tara Reid - Sharks And Absurdity Descend On NYC In

Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Scuffle

Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber are reported to have clashed on a night out on the island of Ibiza...

Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Scuffle

Chris Martin And Gwyneth Paltrow Spotted Together At Film

Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow were seen together at a movie screening on Monday...

Chris Martin And Gwyneth Paltrow Spotted Together At Film


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Marvin Hamlisch Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Marvin Hamlisch

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All