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Terre Blair and Marvin Hamlisch Marriage Profile

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Terre Blair and Marvin Hamlisch Marriage Profile
Marvin Hamlisch and Terre Blair

Marvin Hamlisch and wife Terre at a dinner of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on Feb. 22, 2011, at the Plaza Hotel in New York, New York.

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The bicoastal courtship of Marvin Hamlisch and his wife of 23 years, Terre Blair, was described by Hamlisch as magical. He gave Terre credit for helping him find happiness in who he was and not just in what he accomplished.

Born:

Marvin Frederick Hamlisch: June 2, 1944 in New York City, New York.

Terre Blair: Abt. 1956. Terre reportedly grew up in Columbus, Ohio.

Died:

Marvin: After a brief illness, at the age of 68, Marvin collapsed and died in Los Angeles, California on August 6, 2012.

How Marvin and Terre Met:

Terre and Marvin met "on a blind telephone date set up by her Los Angeles housekeeper and the housekeeper's New York sister." They courted one another through bicoastal phone calls for three months. Marvin proposed when Terre slightly opened her hotel-room door. They were married a month later. He said "Will you -- sight unseen -- marry me?"
Marvin: "We had phone conversations that were incredible -- six and a half hours long. I had no idea what she looked like, but I could tell that she was a very giving person. It's really been magical. It's been wonderful."
Source: "Love blooms by phone." The Modesto Bee. 5/18/1989. pg. A-2.
Marvin: "You tell me, do you know anybody else who asked someone they had never seen to marry them?"
Source: Marvin Hamlisch with Gerald Gardner. The Way I Was. 1992. pg. 210.
Terre: "I was standing behind the door with my knees shaking, but I heard the love and sincerity in his voice, and my heart said yes."
Source: Cynthia Sanz. "The Return of Marvin." People.com. 10/12/1992.

Wedding Date and Info:

Marvin and Terre were married on May 29, 1989 on a New York riverfront pier before nearly 300 wedding guests. The wedding ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Joseph G. Gelberman. Marvin wrote a song for Terre that he sang at their wedding. "Life is waiting, Terre it's time, loving you is so easy to do."
Wedding Photo
Dennis Fiely: "Blair, 33, looked stunning in a white, off-the-shoulder chiffon dress, beaded in the bodice with pearls and diamonds. The dress was designed by Arnold Scaasi, who created Barbara Bush's inauguration gown. The ceremony took place inside a white tent, decorated with white roses and other white flowers, imported from Holland ... After the 45-minute ceremony, the festivities shifted to The Duchess, a three-tiered, 165-foot yacht that cruised the Hudson River for the next several hours."
Source: Dennis Fiely. "Blair, Hamlisch marry in New York." Dispatch.com. 5/30/1989.
Steve North: "... [wedding] was attended by Liza Minelli, Carly Simon, Ann-Margret, and Roberta Flack, who serenaded the couple with "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face."
Source: Steve North. "One Singular Sensation... and What He Did For Love." HuffingtonPost.com. 8/07/2012 originally published in 1991.

Marvin and Terre honeymooned in Europe.

Marvin: "I had planned our honeymoon meticulously. As you know by now, I'm a guy who likes to leave nothing to chance. No surprises. I wanted the dream vacation ..."
Source: Marvin Hamlisch with Gerald Gardner. The Way I Was. 1992. pg. 208.

Children:

Terre and Marvin did not have any children.

Occupations:

Terre: Independent TV interviewer, certified meteorologist, news broadcast anchorwoman, and producer.

Marvin: Award winning composer, songwriter, conductor, pianist, musician, author, musical director and arranger. Hamlisch won 3 Academy Awards, 4 Grammy Awards, 3 Golden Globe Awards, 4 Emmy awards, and the Pulitzer Prize.

Previous Marriage:

Terre was previously married She was divorced 3 years before she met Marvin.

Quotes About the Marriage of Terre and Marvin Hamlisch:

Marvin: "I'm enjoying my life for the first time," he says. The reason? His 1989 marriage to former Today Show and ABC sports contributor Terre Blair. "With Terre in my life, I've learned to put success and failure in perspective."
Source: Cynthia Sanz. "The Return of Marvin." People.com. 10/12/1992.

Marvin: "Early in our marriage, I said to Terre: 'I want to take you to places you've never been.' I expected she'd say, 'Take me back to the South of France or to Venice or to Greece.' Instead, she said, 'I've always wanted to meet the Dalai Lama.' If that's what my wife want, that's what we've got to do."
Source: Marvin Hamlisch with Gerald Gardner. The Way I Was. 1992. pg. 210.

Marvin: "You know, when you're a bachelor for 45 years, as I was, the things that make you happy tend to be entwined with the things that you do ... But when I got married all that stuff went into another category, so the three Oscars are real fine, but that's a professional happiness. That doesn't beat the happiness of waking up to your wife or sitting in the office with her or walking and talking with her or just thinking about her. Separating the music world from the 'world world' allowed me to get back to how I was when I started all this. And that's what you have to do, I think, in order to do well. You have to always go back to how it was."
Source: Steve North. "One Singular Sensation... and What He Did For Love." HuffingtonPost.com. 8/07/2012 originally published in 1991.

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