Oscar-winning director Milos Forman no more

14 April, 2018, 22:13 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies aged 86 after short illness

Czech news agency CTK reported that Forman died on Friday in the United States after a short illness. He was 86 years old.

A two-time victor of the Academy Award for Best Director, the "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus" helmer also won three Golden Globes, the Cannes Film Festival's Grand Prize of the Jury (for "Taking Off"), the Golden Bear at Berlin ("The People vs. Larry Flynt"), a BAFTA award, and numerous other accolades. "I heard from (Forman's wife) Martina Forman very early this morning letting me know Milos passed away at Danbury Hospital near his home in Warren, Connecticut", his friend and agent Dennis Aspland said. Both his parents were killed in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, according to Forman's official biography.

After a few years, Forman came in the USA and started making movies in Hollywood. Despite being banned in Czechoslovakia, the film nabbed another Best Foreign Film nomination at the Academy Awards. In a 2002 interview, Forman talked about accepting an invitation to take in a play in London, not knowing it was the first public preview of the Peter Shaffer play Amadeus. "So it was satisfying to have people in other countries respond".

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"A director is little bit of everything, little bit of the writer, little bit of an actor, little bit of an editor, little bit of a costume designer", Forman once said. Moves to Paris and then NY. The Hollywood icon twice won the Academy Award for Best Director; first for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in 1975 and then for "Amadeus" in 1984.

The film was instant hit that solidified the director as a formidable force in Hollywood, and he later directed "Amadeus", "Hair", "Ragtime", and "The People vs Larry Flint".

A cigar-puffing cycling enthusiast who always retained a heavy accent, Forman was married to actresses Jana Brejchova and Vera Kresadlova. He is survived by four sons from his last two marriages. The two had another set of twins, who the director named after Andrew Kaufman and Jim Carrey.

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