Stars, family gather for Hamlisch's funeral
Posted August 14, 2012
Admirers, family and friends - including former president Bill Clinton - turned up in New York City today for Marvin Hamlisch's funeral at Congregation Emanu-El. Guests included Diane Sawyer, Ann-Margret, Liza Minnelli, ex-Yankee manager Joe Torre, Idina Menzel, Susan Lucci, Leslie Uggams, Robert Klein, Richard Belzer, Richard Gere and Tony Danza.
Clinton called Hamlisch, whose casket was covered in yellow flowers, a "great, giving genius," reports AP. Howard Stringer, head of Sony, called him "the merriest of minstrels."
Hamlisch died Aug. 6 in Los Angeles at age 68.
A choir that included fellow composers, lyricists and musicians such as Lucie Arnaz, Rupert Holmes and Sheldon Harnick, sang The Way We Were and What I Did for Love. Statements were read from President Barack Obama and former first lady Nancy Reagan, according to the New York Post.
Hamlisch's wife, Terre Blair, addressed the crowd, reports the Post, saying her husband's "life force was huge." He was likely to cheer her up in the morning by jumping on top of the bed and performing an entire musical - complete with music, lyrics, all the parts and the dancing chorus - "to the disbelief of myself and our dogs."
She said, "Marvin taught me how to live life with gusto and magic. He would order every dessert on the menu so everyone could taste everything and miss nothing in life."
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