Marvin Hamlisch is born on June 2 in New York City to Viennese-Jewish immigrants Lilly and Max Hamlisch
Hamlisch auditions and is accepted into the Julliard School of Music just before his 7th birthday.
Hamlisch take his first job as a rehearsal pianist for the Broadway musical Funny Girl, starring Barbra Streisand.
“Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows,” recorded by Lesley Gore and co-written with Howard Liebling, peaks at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is Hamlisch’s first major hit.
Hamlisch graduates from Queens College.
Premiere of The Swimmer, Hamlisch’s first film score.
The April Fools premieres.
Take the Money and Run premieres.
Kotch premieres. The film includes the song “Life Is What You Make It.”
Something Big premieres.
Hamlisch wins the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “Life Is What You Make It.”
The War Between Men and Women premieres.
The World’s Greatest Athlete premieres.
Save The Tiger premieres.
Seesaw opens on Broadway. The musical features dance arrangements by Hamlisch.
Premiere of The Way We Were, starring Barbra Streisand. The film features the title song “The Way We Were.”
The Sting premieres. The film features music by Scott Joplin, adapted by Hamlisch.
Hamlisch wins three Academy Awards.
Best Original Score and/or Adaption for The Sting, Best Original Song for The Way We Were, and Best Original Dramatic Score for The Way We Were. He becomes the first person to win three Academy Awards in all three music categories in one night.
Hamlisch wins the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “The Way We Were.”
Hamlisch wins four Grammy Awards
Best New Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “The Way We Were,” Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “The Entertainer,” and Best Original Score Written For a Motion Picture or a Television Special for The Way We Were.
The Prisoner of Second Avenue premieres.
A Chorus Line opens on Broadway.
Hamlisch wins the Tony Award for Best Original Score for A Chorus Line. The show also wins the Tony Award for Best Musical.
Hamlisch wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Chorus Line.
The Absent-Minded Waiter premieres.
The Spy Who Loved Me premieres. The film features the song “Nobody Does It Better,” performed by Carly Simon.
Same Time, Next Year premieres. The film includes the song “The Last Time I Felt Like This.”
Ice Castles premieres. The film includes the song “Through the Eyes of Love.”
Chapter Two premieres.
They’re Playing Our Song premieres on Broadway.
Starting Over premieres.
Gilda Live premieres.
Ordinary People premieres.
Seems Like Old Times premieres.
I Ought to Be in Pictures premieres.
Sophie’s Choice premieres.
Romantic Comedy premieres.
Jean Seberg premieres at the National Theatre in London.
A Streetcar Named Desire premieres.
A Chorus Line: The Movie premieres.
Hamlisch is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Smile premieres on Broadway.
The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman premieres.
When the Time Comes premieres.
Three Men and a Baby premieres.
Little Nikita premieres.
Sam Found Out: A Triple Play premieres.
On May 29, Hamlisch marries Terre Blair in New York.
Shirley Valentine premieres.
The January Man premieres.
The Experts premieres.
Women and Men: Stories of Seduction premieres.
Switched at Birth premieres.
Frankie & Johnny premieres.
Missing Pieces premieres.
The Goodbye Girl opens on Broadway.
Seasons of the Heart premieres.
Hamlisch wins two Emmy Awards
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics, for the HBO special Barbra Streisand: The Concert. The win makes Hamlisch the sixth person to achieve an EGOT and the second person to achieve a PEGOT.