The latest installment in the superb “American Masters” series, “Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love,” airing Friday at 9 p.m. may be an unwitting endorsement of helicopter parenting.
In the engrossing documentary about the irrepressible composer, his relatives joke that Hamlisch’s mother Lily may have invented the style; Hamlisch got into Juilliard at age six.
Wildly successful by any creative or commercial measure Hamlisch was truly a singular sensation, writing hit songs, Broadway musicals, and motion picture scores and is also one of only two artists in history to have won a Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. (Composer Richard Rodgers is the other PEGOT.) He won three Academy Awards in one night. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.