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Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter of “The Last Photo Show” and “Paper Moon” Peter Bogdanovich has died. He was 82 years old.

He died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Thursday, the Creative Artists agency confirmed.

With a career of more than 50 years in Hollywood, Bogdanovich directed his favorite comedies and dramas of the late 60s and 70s and 70s, including the 1972 “What Happened, Doctor?” famous for directing the film. starring Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neill and Madeline Kahn.

She reunited with O’Neill the following year in the Depression-era film Paper Moon, in which the actor’s daughter, Tatum O’Neill, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance at the age of 10. To this day, he remains the youngest person in history to win a competitive Academy Award.

Pyotr Bogdanovich

In 1971, Bogdanovich was nominated for an Oscar for Best Director and Best Screenplay for the drama The Last Picture Show, which took place in the small town of Texas in the 1950s. The black-and-white film starred Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges and Ellen Burstin and won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, two Best Supporting Actor (Ben Johnson) and Best Supporting Actress (Kloris Lichman). won two.In 1998, the film was included in the National Library Register of the Library of Congress for its historical and cultural significance.

In addition to directing, Bogdanovich has also been prolific as an author, film historian, journalist, and actor. Fans of HBO’s “The Sopranos” will remember her role as a therapist in the early 2000s as the anxious Dr. Elliot Kupferberg, Tony Soprano’s psychiatrist Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco). He recently created a meta-cameo in 2019, starring in the horror film “This: The Second Chapter”.

Bogdanovich “could sit for three hours and talk about Orson Wells and (Alfred) Hitkok,” said Andy Muschietti, the film’s sequel director at the time.

“He was a dear friend and a film champion,” said Guillermo del Toro, director of “Alley of Nightmares.” He wrote respectfully on Twitter. “As a director, he gave birth to masterpieces and was the most polite person. He had a one-on-one conversation about the life and work of more classic filmmakers than almost anyone of his generation and defended them.”

“I am deeply saddened to hear that one of my oldest friends, the legendary director and film historian Pyotr Bogdanovich, has died.” wrote actor Keri Elves, who starred in the 2001 film The Cat’s Brain with director Kirsten Dunst. “In addition to being incredibly talented, he was a gentle soul with a huge heart. I am eternally grateful for working with him.”

Born in Kingston, New York, in 1939, Bogdanovich began his career as a film critic and programmer, working in the New York Museum of Modern Art in the early 1960s. Inspired by Wells, Howard Hawks and John Ford, he went on to direct in 1968 and received mostly positive reviews for his solo shooting thriller, which stunned The Signs. Roger Ebert was warm in his comments (“Goals” is not a good movie, but it’s an interesting film), although he watched the famous film critic Bogdanovich’s subsequent films, The Mask in 1985 and Texasville in 1990. praises the program. ”

Bogdanovich’s personal life was full of intrigue, like movies. He had a good public relationship with Cybill Shepherd, a 21-year-old model at the time, during the filming of “The Last Picture Show,” which led to his divorce from his first wife, partner Polly Platt. In 1981, during the filming of “They All Laughed,” she formed a relationship with her co-star, actress Dorothy Stratten, who was killed by her divorced husband shortly after filming was completed.

He married Stratten’s sister, Louise, in 1988, but the couple divorced in 2001. Bogdanovich’s marriage to Platt left two daughters, Sashi and Antonia.

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