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    Hamlisch a Trouper Til the End


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     LPF1432 told me, 'Seeing him perform in person was the most uplifting experience. When he was well, he regaled the audience with stories, quips, and repartee that would make you laugh and feel privileged to be in his presence. He had the ability to do this while still being the nice Jewish boy from New York who made good, but didn’t forget where he came from. This year it was less so, but he still hadn’t lost his sense of humor. Last year I had the opportunity to sit next to his wife, Terry, at one concert and she brought me backstage to meet him. She was equally as warm and genuine – making me feel as if she was introducing her best friend to Marvin.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    The orchestra mistakenly began playing the National Anthem immediately after Marvin Hamlisch was announced at a Pasadena Pops event at Los Angeles Arborteum just two weeks ago. With his usual humor, although clearly ailing, Hamlisch said, "Well that deprived me of my due applause, let's do this again." He walked off stage, the announcer called his name once again, and back he returned to a standing ovation.

    Hamlisch's last two concerts as the Principal Conductor for the Pasadena Pops were in stark contrast to the previous season where he energetically joked with the audience and the other entertainers he brought on stage with him. Significant weight loss, a shuffled walk, and the inability to stand throughout the concert were indicators of something very wrong with his health. Yet he managed to entertain and leave the audience feeling better as they left then when they came in. The Jewish boy from New York never failed to give his all and this he did til the end.

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