On August 6, 2012, fellow Board member and our dear friend Marvin Hamlisch passed away. His many contributions to the Broadway Walk of Stars Foundation will be profoundly missed.
An American legend, composer and conductor., he was one of only eleven EGOT award winners – (those who have been awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award). Marvin was also one of only two people to have won those four prizes as well as a PulitzerPrize. (The other being Richard Rodgers). He also won two Golden Globes for "Life Is What You Make It" and “The Way We Were”.
His amazing talent and contributions to the music world will be forever missed, but continually enjoyed. Who could forget his music for the Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford lm “The Way We Were” with its Oscar winning song of the same name sung so eectively by Barbra Striesand. And lest we forget his most recent award winning theatrical musical “A Chorus Line”, whose songs are played over and over again. Especially “One” which has inspired dancers to take that “one” step toward their goal.
The highly decorated Hamlisch has received Grammy, Emmy, Tony, and Academy Awards in addition to the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, which he won for A Chorus Line. He has been nominated for twelve Academy Awards and won three in 1973 for The Way We Were and The Sting. Hamlisch has also won four Emmy Awards (out of six nominations) and two Golden Globe Awards (out of ten nominations). He completed his autobiography, The Way I Was, in 1992. Hamlisch is Principal Pops Conductor for several American musical organizations, including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra. He recently worked on the film The Informant! (2009).
Marvin Hamlisch was not only a dear friend and enthusiastic supporter of he Broadway Walk of Stars Foundation, but his generosity and contributions to other philanthropic organizations include The Lighthouse International where he regularly taught blind children to play the piano. He and his music will resonate in our hearts for many years to come.