Milos Forman, Oscar-Winning Director, Dies 86

Milos Forman (18 February 1932 – 13 April 2018),  was a Czech American film director, screenwriter, actor, and professor, who until 1968 lived and worked primarily in former Czechoslovakia.

Two of his films, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus, have acquired particular renown, each of which gained him an Academy Award for Best Director. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was the second film to win all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Actor in Leading Role, Actress in Leading Role, Director, and Screenplay) following It Happened One Night in 1934, an accomplishment not repeated until 1991 by The Silence of the Lambs.

Forman was also nominated for a Best Director Oscar for The People vs. Larry Flynt. He also won Golden Globe, Cannes, Berlinale, BAFTA, Cesar, David di Donatello, European Film Academy, and Czech Lion awards.

Milos Forman Cause of Death

Forman died at Danbury Hospital near his home in Warren, Connecticut, after a short illness on the night of Friday, 13 April 2018, at the age of 86.

Academy Awards

  • 1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
  • 1984: Amadeus.

Golden Globe

  • 1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
  • 1984: Amadeus.
  • 1996: The People vs. Larry Flynt.

Isao Takahata, Japanese Animation director, Dies 82

Isao Takahata (October 29, 1935 – April 5, 2018) was a Japanese film director, screenwriter and producer. Takahata was the co-founder of Studio Ghibli along with long-time collaborative partner Hayao Miyazaki. Takahata earned critical international acclaim for his work as a director of anime films, which included the war-themed Grave of the Fireflies, the drama Only Yesterday, the ecological adventure Pom Poko, and the comedy My Neighbors the Yamadas. Takahata’s last film was The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, which was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Animated Feature Film at the 87th Academy Awards.

Isao Takahata cause of death

Takahata had been diagnosed with lung cancer, and died on April 5, 2018, at a hospital in Tokyo at the age of 82.

Cecil Taylor, The Avant-Garde Jazz Pianist, Dies 89

Cecil Percival Taylor (March 25, 1929 – April 5, 2018) was an American pianist and poet. Classically trained, Taylor is generally acknowledged as having been one of the pioneers of free jazz. His music is characterized by an extremely energetic, physical approach, producing complex improvised sounds, frequently involving tone clusters and intricate polyrhythms. His piano technique has been likened to percussion, for example described as “eighty-eight tuned drums” (referring to the number of keys on a standard piano). He has also been described as “like Art Tatum with contemporary-classical leanings”.

Taylor moved to Fort Greene, Brooklyn, in 1983. He died at his Brooklyn residence on April 5, 2018, at the age of 89. Cause of death is not known.

Susan Anspach, actress in ‘Five Easy Pieces’ dies 75

Susan Florence Anspach (November 23, 1942 – April 2, 2018) was an American stage, film and television actress, who was best known for her roles in films during the 1970s such as Five Easy Pieces (1970), Play It Again, Sam (1972), Blume in Love (1973), and during the 1980s such as Montenegro.

Anspach died of heart disease on April 2, 2018, aged 75, in Los Angeles, California.

Stéphane Audran, Star in Oscar-Winning ‘Babette’s Feast,’ Dies 85

Stéphane Audran (born Colette Suzanne Dacheville; 8 November 1932 – 27 March 2018) was a French film and television actress, known for her performances in award-winning movies such as The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) and Babette’s Feast (1987) and in critically acclaimed films like The Big Red One (1980) and Violette Nozière (1978).

Stéphane Audran Death

Her son Thomas told the AFP news agency that his mother had died early on 27 March 2018, following a long illness, saying: “She had been in hospital for 10 days and she had returned home. She died peacefully at around 2 am.”

Fashion designer Givenchy dies 91

Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy (20 February 1927 – 10 March 2018) was a French fashion designer who founded the house of Givenchy in 1952. He was famous for having designed much of the personal and professional wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn and clothing for Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1970. His partner was Philippe Venet.

Givenchy cause of death

Hubert de Givenchy died in his sleep at the Renaissance chateau near Paris on Saturday 10 March 2018.  He was 91.  He died in his sleep and cause of death is unknown.

Chuck Berry, Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies 90

Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.

Chuck Berry Cause of Death

Police in St. Charles County, Missouri, were called to Berry’s house on March 18, 2017, where he was found unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene, aged 90.

William Christopher, Father Mulcahy On ‘M.A.S.H.,’ Dies 84

william christopherWilliam Christopher (October 20, 1932 – December 31, 2016) was an American actor, best known for playing Father Mulcahy on the television series M*A*S*H and Private Lester Hummel on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Christopher appeared in various television series, including Murder, She Wrote and Hogan’s Heroes. In 1998 he guest-starred in an episode of Mad About You. He also remained active in the theater, including a tour of the United States in the mid 1990s with Jamie Farr performing Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple on stage. In 2008–09, he toured with Church Basement Ladies.

Christopher died at his home on December 31, 2016, in Pasadena, California. According to his son, John Christopher, the 84-year old actor died as the result of small-cell carcinoma.

Pop Superstar George Michael Dies 53

Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (June, 25 1963 – December, 25 2016), known professionally as George Michael, was an English singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham! He was best known in the 1980s and 1990s with his style of post-disco dance-pop, with best-selling songs such as “Last Christmas” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”.

Michael sold more than 100 million records worldwide. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Michael garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, including “Careless Whisper” and “Freedom! ’90”. He ranks among the best-selling British acts of all time, with Billboard magazine ranking him the 40th-most successful artist ever. Michael won various music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations. Michael, who was gay, was an active LGBT rights campaigner and HIV/AIDS charity fundraiser.

George Michael Cause of death

On 25 December 2016, Michael died in his sleep at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, aged 53. He was found dead in bed in the early hours. No cause of death was immediately determined, although his manager Michael Lippman said that heart failure was the cause of death. A post-mortem was to be undertaken in due course.

Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

George Michael – Careless Whisper