Hollywood luminary dies
WARREN, CONNECTICUT: Czech-born filmmaker Milos Forman, whose American movies One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director Oscars, died yesterday.
Forman, 86, died in Danbury Hospital, near his home in Warren, Connecticut. His wife, Martina, said his departure was calm, and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends.
,When he arrived in Hollywood in the late 1960s, Forman lacked money and English skills, but carried a portfolio of Czechoslovakian films, admired internationally for their quirky, lighthearted spirit.
The orphan of Nazi Holocaust victims, Forman had abandoned his homeland after communist troops invaded in 1968 and crushed a brief period of political and artistic freedom known as the Prague Spring.
Jan Tomas Forman, born in Caslav, Czechoslovakia in 1932, was raised by relatives after his parents’ deaths and attended arts school in Prague.