Fans and friends of composer Marvin Hamlisch are still reeling from his death earlier this week. Almost everyone I speak to has some story about how great or wonderful Marvin was to them, what he did for…love. One irony is that Hamlisch was close friends with Nora Ephron. What a terrible summer it’s been.
Bruce Roberts – songwriter, friend and collaborator on many projects (Streisand etc) with Marvin and Carole Bayer Sager sent me a message: “Marvin was my dear friend, collaborator and mentor. He was known for his music, but I’ll also remember him for his brilliant wit and the fact that he was a true mench. The laughs Carole Bayer Sager and I shared with him when working together with so many artists will never fade. His passing was so sudden, like a song with an ending that came too soon.”
Hamlisch’s funeral has been set for next Tuesday, August 14th at Temple Emanuel on Fifth Avenue. The service begins at 11am. Before that there will be two shivahs at Frank E. Campbell, on Sunday and Monday, with times set for 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm each day. The Tuesday service is being called A Celebration of Life. His publicist, Ken Sunshine, sent this picture of Hamlisch from his wife, Terre.