Family, friends bid farewell to Marvin Hamlisch

Bill Clinton, Minnelli among stars at Hamlisch funeral


Posted: 1:06 PM, August 14, 2012

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 Mazel, Kelli O’Hara, Raul Esparza, Leslie Ughams, 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.



  1. I was at CAMP GENEVA with Marvin in those year also . I never belive
    he will be gone in my life time . I will miss Marvin very much. I also and still love his songs . That will never stop love him . I am FRAN KAREN SCHOENBROT . At the time I was going to camp with him I was FRAN SUSSMAN and my sister was Marcia Sussman . I am very sorry what had happend to Marvin .

  2. To the Dear Hamlisch Family,

    Mr. Marvin Hamlisch was “One Singular Sensation” and will be dearly missed. We were so saddened to hear of his passing on Aug. 6, 2012. We have loved him from the beginning of his music career. Am happy and proud that we lived in New York and were able to see him perform and grew up knowing all his songs and seeing his movies and going to see A Chorus Line. He composed the “Music of our Lives” and we will always have his movies and music to remember him by!! Another great talent, gone too soon!! To The Way We Were. With our deepest sympathy and love always, Mary & Alan J. Harris