Aug 14, 2012 10:52 PM EDT
Admirers of Marvin Hamlisch, including former President Bill Clinton, attended the late composer's funeral in New York City Tuesday.
The legendary composer's funeral was held at Congregation Emanu-El of New York, a prominent synagogue where 20th century composer George Gershwin's funeral was held in 1937. Hamlisch's funeral was attended by many celebrity mourners such as the former President, singer Liza Minnelli, and actor Richard Gere
"Genius is rare enough, but a good-hearted genius is rarer still," said Bill Clinton on Tuesday.
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"A good-hearted, humble and hilarious genius? Almost unheard-of," Clinton added.
Principal pops conductor for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Hamlisch died on August 6 in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 68.
Hamlisch, who became the youngest student accepted by The Juilliard School at age 7, won three Oscars, four Emmys, four Grammys, a Tony, a Pulitzer and two Golden Globes. His award-winning songs include "The Way We Were" and "A Chorus Line".
Other celebrities in the funeral included actor Alan Alda, TV personalities Regis and Joy Philbin, TV host Kathie Lee and her husband Frank Gifford, and American news anchor and political commentator Chris Matthews.
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