Hol­ly­wood lu­mi­nary dies

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - WORLD -

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.

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