The musician, who was one of only two people ever awarded an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, passed away at the age of 68 following a brief illness.
Friends, colleagues and fans have flooded Twitter with condolence messages, and deaf actress Matlin took to her page on Tuesday (07Aug12) to mourn the loss.
She writes, "Sad to read of the passing of composer Marvin Hamlisch. We worked together last Christmas at Kennedy Center; truly a gentleman. RIP."
Hairspray star Ricki Lake adds, "So shocked & sad to hear about Marvin Hamlisch. They're Playing our Song was one of my very favorites. What a loss!" and Seinfeld comedian Jason Alexander tweets: "So saddened by the passing of my friend, Marvin Hamlisch. So often, he was truly 'the one'. The music of Heaven got sweeter today. RIP."
Veteran actress Patty Duke has also added her tribute to Hamlisch, posting: "RIP Marvin Hamlish (sic). I have such fond memories of 'our' piano player on Valley of the Dolls. What a terrific man!"
The Oscar-winning film and TV actor, real name Ermes Effron Borgnino, was surrounded by his wife and children as he passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the age of 95 after suffering kidney failure.
Nimoy, who starred alongside Borgnine in American Western series Wagon Train, was among the first to remember the star, writing in a post on his Twitter.com page, "Ernest Borgnine was helpful to me when we worked together on Wagon Train. Before Star Trek. A good man. RIP."
Jenny McCarthy, Borgnine's co-star in 1998 comedy BASEketball, adds, "RIP to my movie husband Ernest Borgnine", while Canadian actor Michael Shanks ?remembers, "My first ever professional job was an ep (episode) of 'the Commish' guest starring Ernest Borgnine. Warm, generous, funny, genuine. Rest well sir."
Mantegna ?revealed a personal connection to the star: "I cannot express my sorrow at the loss of Ernest Borgnine. He was a true Hollywood icon and a dear friend. My prayers go out to the family", as did Frank Sinatra's daughter Nancy: "Ernie Borgnine scared me when I was a kid because he beat up my dad in a movie but he was a teddybear, friend always there for us."
Actress Marlee Matlin ?reminisced about spending time with the actor during a photoshoot for Paramount Studios, telling her followers, "So sad to read about passing of Ernest Borgnine. We spoke recently at Paramount's 100th anniversary photo. A true legend & a gentleman. RIP", and Farrow simply stated, "Ernest Borgnine. May he rest in peace."
Jason Priestley, Tom Arnold, Gary Sinise and Jason Alexander also paid tribute to Borgnine on Twitter.
Actress Priscilla Presley, former tennis pro Monica Seles and hip-hop singer Mario are among the celebrities who have signed up for the sixth season of TV show Dancing with the Stars.
Despite months of media speculation, the cast members were officially announced on Monday ahead of the March 17 premiere.
From the entertainment industry, actor Steve Guttenberg will join Telenovela star Cristian de la Fuente, magician Penn Jillette and radio/TV personality Adam Carolla on stage--as well as actresses Shannon Elizabeth, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Marlee Matlin.
Miami Dolphin star Jason Taylor will represent the world of sports in the lineup together with Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.
But before the news broke, Taylor explained to People.com that he hadn't yet told his teammates or coach about his offseason dancing activity.
He says, "I'm going to turn off my text-messaging and my cell phone."
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