E‑Book: Marvin Hamlisch — The Way I Was is now available.
Marvin Hamlisch got his start as a rehearsal pianist for Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand, and went on to co-create A Chorus Line, write the Oscar-winning musical score for The Way We Were, and win many other awards for the music he wrote for the stage and screen. Hamlisch is one of only a handful of people to win a Grammy, a Tony, an Oscar, and an Emmy.
In this revealing autobiography, written in partnership with noted freelance writer Gerald C. Gardner, Hamlisch tells the story of his childhood, his marriage, and his friendships with stars including Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, and Groucho Marx. The autobiography paints a nostalgic and intimate picture of Broadway and Hollywood.
After his death in 2012, Barbra Streisand made a tribute to him in her appearance on the 2013 Oscar broadcast. This book includes moving words from Hamlisch’s many celebrity friends during the memorial service held shortly after his death.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marvin Hamlisch (1944–2012) was an award-winning American composer and conductor. Born in Manhattan to Viennese Jewish parents, Hamlisch was a child prodigy, and was admitted into the Juilliard School at the age of seven. He wrote his first Billboard Hot 100 song at the age of 21. Hamlisch wrote music for several early Woody Allen films, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Way We Were, and the original theme music for Good Morning America–among many other compositions. He also served as Principal Pops Conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, and several others.
He is one of only a handful of people in the world to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. He also won two Golden Globes and a Pulitzer Prize. Hamlisch was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Soundtrack Awards in 2009.
Gerald C. Gardner is an author, scriptwriter, producer, and screenwriter. He is the author of 22 episodes of The Monkees and 11 episodes of Get Smart, several of which were nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards. He was also a senior writer for the series of live news satire broadcasts That Was the Week That Was. He is also the author of over 30 books.
About Barbra Streisand and The Way We Were:
The film The Way We Were was a love story about a serious Jewish girl, a student radical, who falls for the most gorgeous WASP on campus. He spends his time writing and is not interested in politics. Opposites attract. They meet, fall madly in love, start a family, but then, finally, predictably, go their own way.
VIDEO: Barbra Streisand and Marvin Hamlisch — How they met:
I wanted to reflect all this: the sorrow and despondency and pain of the relationship and its outcome, the frustration and yearning of the woman in the relationship, and the star-crossed nature of it all. Now, you may recall from some distant music-appreciation course that the major mode is the “happy one” and the minor mode is the ‘sad one.” Although this song would reflect a heartbreaking story, I decided to write it in the major mode. By doing this, I tried to give a sense of hope to this tragic story. Read More, Get E‑Book
Liza Minnelli & Judy Garland:
“…After we’d finished, it was time to exchange Christmas gifts. Liza went over to her mother and handed her a beautifully wrapped package. She asked for quiet as her mother opened it. Judy seemed startled by it all. Liza took the record from her mother, and with a flourish, she set the record on the turntable. There wasn’t a sound in the house. Then the music started, and a voice filled the room. It was a voice at once strange and familiar, young and confident, but with an eerie likeness of unmistakable heritage- mother and daughter.
VIDEO: Liza Minnelli and Marvin Hamlisch — The Bell Telephone Hour:
At first, Judy didn’t realize who was singing. But when she did, she actually wept. It was one of the most startling moments in her life. And I stood speechless, watching as the great Judy Garland looked on at her own daughter’s debut- singing four of my songs.
Then Judy came over to me, thanked me for what I had done for Liza, and asked in that girlish voice of hers if Liza and I would do it again right there.
I went to the piano, Liza sang her heart out. It was even better than the demo.
But I was totally bowled over when Judy asked: “Wanna play for me, Marvin?”
I never thought I’d get to heaven before at sixteen, but I did. I played the piano as Judy Garland sang “The Trolley Song,” “The Man That Got Away,” “San Francisco,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
If I could have phoned the world that night, I would have done it…” — Marvin Hamlisch — The Way I Was