Clinton, Minnelli Among Stars at Hamlisch Funeral

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 05:16 PM

Marvin Hamlisch Marvin Hamlisch (Shel Secunda)

Friends and admirers of Marvin Hamlisch including Bill Clinton and Ann-Margret gathered Tuesday in New York City to bid farewell to the celebrated songwriter hailed as "the people's composer."

Clinton called Hamlisch, whose casket was covered in yellow flowers, a "great, giving genius." Howard Stringer, head of Sony, called him "the merriest of minstrels."

Hamlisch died Aug. 6 in Los Angeles at age 68.

Other guests included Liza Minnelli, ex-Yankee manager Joe Torre, Idina Menzel, Kelli O'Hara, Raul Esparza, Leslie Uggams, Richard Gere and Tony Danza.

Hamlisch composed or arranged hundreds of scores for musicals and movies, including "A Chorus Line" on Broadway and the films "The Sting," "Sophie's Choice," "Ordinary People" and "The Way We Were."

His funeral was held at Congregation Emanu-El, a prominent synagogue where George Gershwin's funeral was held in 1937.

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Phyllis Sale from NY

the last I saw Marvin was at funeral of Dr. Lester L. Coleman, since then I left NYC forever.......and remember seeing Marvin, many times, at the homes of Dr. Coleman and Jim Moran to share the love of music.

Sep. 07 2012 02:42 PM
Marianne from Nutley, NJ

'Just an ordinary guy'. That's how Marvin would like to be remembered. And, in deed he was. I remember being on 6th. Avenue one night years ago, sometime during the 70's and he got out of a cab and was running across the street.

I screamed out, "Hey, Marvin...hi!" He laughed and yelled back at me. Just an ordinary guy with an extraordinary amount of talent that he shared with the world.

"Thank you, Marvin...bye!"

Aug. 17 2012 11:12 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

MARVIN HAMLISCH was a "mensch," whose musical genius extolled those whose contributions to society's colorful pastiche enlivened many lives. We will miss his optimistic, cheerful engaging personality. R.I.P.
Being an opera composer myself, I feel a kinship to his creative endeavors. I, a Wagnerian romantischer heldentenor, shall sing two love songs of his in my Saturday October 20th "Greatest Love Songs of Broadway's Musicals and Movies" concert at the New Life Expo at the New Yorker Hotel. www.WagnerOpera.com; www.
ShakespeareOpera.com and www.RichardWagnerMusicDramaInstitute.com

Aug. 15 2012 05:18 PM

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