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The Entertainer

Episode 1 of 6

Duration:
26 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 18 November 2012

In a series first broadcast in 2002, David Jacobs tells the story of multi award-winning American composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch who died in August. In a distinguished career spanning almost 50 years, Hamlisch made musical history, scoring more than 40 movies (among other musical feats) and earning Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys, Grammys and a Tony. He also received a Pulitzer Prize for the Broadway musical A Chorus Line.

Marvin Hamlisch was a child prodigy and, by the age of thirty, he'd won an unprecedented three Academy Awards in just one night. This series examines his success and legacy, featuring an in-depth interview with the composer and contributions from his friends and collaborators including, in this episode, Barbra Streisand, Nora Ephron, Carole Bayer Sager, playwright John Guare, film director Lewis Gilbert and lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

In this opening programme, Marvin recalls his lucky break, working alongside Liza Minnelli and why a telephone call from Hollywood changed his life.

Written and produced by Malcolm Prince.

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