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2 items from 2002

Oscar-Winning Director George Roy Hill Dies at 81

27 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

George Roy Hill, who won an Oscar for directing Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the 1973 box office hit The Sting, died Friday in Manhattan of complications from Parkinson's disease; he was 81. Hill also directed Newman and Redford in their first film together, the hugely popular comedy-western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), which received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Director, and won four, including one for the song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head." Hill started his directing career during television's Golden Age in the `50s, helming such live dramas as A Night to Remember and Judgment at Nuremberg. In 1957 he moved to Broadway, directing acclaimed productions of Look Homeward, Angel and Tennessee Williams' Period of Adjustment, which later became his directorial film debut in 1962, starring a young Jane Fonda. Hill garnered attention for the 1964 Peter Sellers comedy The World of Henry Orient, and after taking on big budget films Hawaii and Thoroughly Modern Millie, cemented his status as a breezy, iconoclastic director with Butch Cassidy as well as the The Sting, which received ten Oscar nominations and won seven. Known for taking on challenging material (and defying studio control), Hill also tackled two difficult novel adaptations . Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) and The World According to Garp (1982) . as well as the `70s comedies The Great Waldo Pepper (starring Redford) and Slap Shot (starring Newman). Hill enjoyed later acclaim with the gentle 1979 comedy A Little Romance, starring Laurence Olivier and a 14-year-old Diane Lane, but ended his career quietly with 1984's The Little Drummer Girl and the 1988 Chevy Chase comedy Funny Farm. Hill is survived by his former wife, Louisa Horton, as well as two sons, two daughters, and twelve grandchildren. --Prepared by IMDb staff »

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Friends Pay Tribute To Dudley

28 March 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Celebrity friends of tragic Dudley Moore have paid tribute to the actor/pianist who died yesterday. Moore died after failing to battle off a bout of pneumonia, complicated by his rare progressive supranuclear palsy brain disorder - related to Parkinson's Disease. Liza Minnelli, his co-star in hit movie Arthur, broke off from her honeymoon to say, "Dudley was a unique individual. I'll miss him dearly." Moore's Foul Play co-star Chevy Chase says, "I loved him dearly and thank God he suffers no more." »

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