Actor Michael Clarke Duncan remains hospitalized

LOS ANGELES — “The Green Mile” star Michael Clarke Duncan remains hospitalized in Los Angeles more than three weeks after suffering a heart attack.

Publicist Joy Fehily said in a brief email statement Monday that the 54-year-old actor “was just moved from the intensive care unit, but remains hospitalized” following his July 13 heart attack.

“His family are firm believers in the power of prayer and have asked that you keep him in yours during this time,” the statement said. No further information was available on Duncan’s condition.

Besides “The Green Mile,” the actor’s film credits include “The Scorpion King,” “Armageddon,” “Breakfast of Champions,” “The Whole Nine Yards” and “Sin City.”

Marvin Hamlisch, decorated composer, dies at 68

Marvin Hamlisch, the classically trained pianist who composed the music for shows including “A Chorus Line” and movies including “The Way We Were,” winning show business’s most sought-after awards by the armloads, has has died. He was 68.

Hamlisch died Monday in Los Angeles after a brief illness, the Associated Press reported, citing a family spokesman, Jason Lee.

The recipient of three Academy Awards, four Grammys, four Emmys, two Golden Globes and one Tony, Hamlisch provided the music for Barbra Streisand’s 1994 concert tour, the Neil Simon show “The Goodbye Girl” and more than 40 movies that also included “Sophie’s Choice,” “Ordinary People,” and Woody Allen’s “Bananas.”

Marvin Frederick Hamlisch was born on June 2, 1944, in New York City, the second of two children born to musically inclined immigrants from Vienna, Max Hamlisch and the former Lilly Schachter. As Hamlisch told it in his memoir, his father sensed in the mid-1930s that it was time for Jews to leave Europe and arranged for him and his wife to escape Austria by way of Liechtenstein and Switzerland, arriving in the United States in 1937.

A professional accordionist, Hamlisch’s father saw musical promise in his only son and sent him to the Juilliard School in Manhattan shortly before he turned 7 for piano training.

Hamlisch was hired by Buster Davis to be assistant vocal arranger and rehearsal pianist for “Funny Girl,” which introduced Hamlisch to Streisand. Playing piano at a private party held by producer Sam Spiegel, Hamlisch landed the job of scoring “The Swimmer” (1968), starring Burt Lancaster. He then scored Allen’s “Take the Money and Run” (1969).

With lyricist Johnny Mercer, he won his first Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for the original song “Life Is What You Make It,” from “Kotch” (1971).

Along the way, he found time to earn a bachelor of arts degree from Queens College in New York.

Sweeping the music categories at the 46th Academy Awards in 1974 made Hamlisch, at 29, the first person to walk away with three Oscars in one night. He won for best original dramatic score for “The Way We Were,” best scoring for the ragtime accompaniment of “The Sting” and best song for the title number of “The Way We Were,” with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman and performed by Streisand, the movie’s co-star.

Arriving at the microphone for his third acceptance speech of the night, Hamlisch began, “I think we can talk to each other as friends.”

Hamlisch’s roll continued with “A Chorus Line,” the Broadway smash that ran for 6,137 performances from 1975 to 1990. Hired by director Michael Bennett, scoring the lyrics of Edward Kleban, he composed songs including “What I Did for Love” and “One (Singular Sensation).” In addition to the 1976 Pulitzer, the show won nine Tony Awards, including one for the Hamlisch and Kleban score.

Back in Hollywood, Hamlisch took on the music for the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” and, with lyricist Carole Bayer Sager, came up with “Nobody Does It Better,” the Carly Simon hit that was nominated for the Academy Award for best song.

Hamlisch and Sager became a couple while continuing as collaborators, their relationship inspiring Neil Simon to write “They’re Playing Our Song,” which ran on Broadway from 1979 to 1981.

Two professional flops followed. Poor reviews and weak attendance spelled an early end to the 1983-1984 London bow of “Jean Seberg,” a musical based on the American actress and political lightning rod who took her own life at 40. “Smile,” a Broadway musical spoofing beauty pageants, lasted just 41 performances in 1986-1987.

In 1989, Hamlisch married Terre Blair, a television interviewer. In a 1992 interview with People magazine, he credited her with “bringing out all the good things in me. I found myself quieting down, becoming more understanding of what life means.”

To the Tony, Grammys and Oscars he won in the 1970s, Hamlisch added his two Emmys in 1995 for “Barbra Streisand: The Concert,” another in 1999 for “AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies” and a fourth in 2001 for his musical direction of Streisand’s “Timeless: Live in Concert.”


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