Remembrances by: J. Ernest Green, Lorin Hollander, Baayork Lee, Kelli O’Hara, Maury Yeston, Ebs Burnough, Lucie Arnaz, Brian D’Arcy James and Terre Blair Hamlisch.
Marvin Hamlisch is a mensch. What is a mensch? The term comes from the Yiddish, for “human being,” but is used to describe a person of integrity and honor.
The Oscar- Grammy- and Tony Award-winning musician and composer offered his genuine concern, time, money and problem-solving skills to everyone in his life, from taxi drivers to performers in her musicals to those planning special events for the president of the United States and heads of state. Some people only found out after the fact what Hamlisch had done on their behalf. Hamlisch never drew attention to his countless acts of kindness to friends, colleagues and strangers, but after his death in 2012, his wife Terre Blair Hamlisch received tens of thousands of letters from people who shared stories of how Hamlisch had personally helped them in their time of need.
Excerpt from the film documentary: “Marvin Hamlisch, What He did For Love” an American Masters film (2014 Emmy winner)
“Marvin Hamlisch was a consummate artist: gifted, creative, and personable. His music is part of the essential soundtrack to so many of our lives,” said Susan Lacy
“I had been ill and i had been in the hospital in and out for a month. I had tremendous medical bills and the insurance covered some of it. Marvin and I were scheduled to play with the Calgary Symphony. He was conducting and I was performing (It was Gershwin’s “Concerto in F.”) A few weeks later my fees came in the mail and the fee for that concert was way way over what I was supposed to earn. And I finally realized – Marvin never told me – that he wrote over his fee for the concert to me, to help me pay for the medical bills and help me to get back on my feet in my life. Never told me. – Lorin Hollander.
VIDEO: (10 MIN) Marvin Hamlisch, a mensch: