Nightly News | August 07, 2012
>>> word arrived today that marvin hamlisch had died. he was awarded three oscars, four grammys, a tony, and three golden globes . most importantly he wrote so much of the music we came to know. he was a composer, arranger and wrote the scores for over 40 motion pictures including "the sting" and "sophie's choice" and the one so many remember him for "the way we were." memories light the corners of my mind
>> reporter: he was a musical genius as a boy, a genuine protege who started his training in jewel yaulliard at the age of 7. he was driven as a young man prodded by his musician father to succeed and he did. in his own way he became a celebrity in his own right. he seemed to get a kick out of being famous while retaining the modest bearing of a dentist. that made him fair game on "saturday night live."
>> i'm saving myself for my one true love , marvin hamlisch .
>> oh, he's cute.
>> he was a talk show regular who talked about his process.
>> my brain, i can play it like a cassette machine and i literally put rules into the brain. one cassette goes in, what are the rules? number one the song has to further the action. we've got to not sit there and go i love him he loves me. you have to keep moving the plot along.
>> he enjoyed great success on broadway notably with "a chorus line ." one singular sensation
>> he worked with streisand for decades and symphony orchestras across the country. he tackled james bond . nobody does it better
>> and pop music . break it to me gently
>> mostly, though, marvin hamlisch enjoyed knowing that people enjoyed his music. marvin hamlisch died after a brief and undisclosed illness. he was 68 years old.