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Kathryn Altman, Widow of Director Robert Altman, Dies at 91

11 March 2016 5:21 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kathryn Altman, the widow of Oscar-nominated “Nashville” director Robert Altman, died of a heart attack Wednesday in her Santa Monica home. She was 91.

Following the director’s death in 2006, she participated in various projects to celebrate his talent and ensure that his legacy lived on. Kathryn Altman contributed to numerous Robert Altman retrospectives, such as those at the Museum of Modern Art and the UCLA Film and Television Archives as well as at festivals around the world. She also assisted in the establishment of the University of Michigan’s Robert Altman Collection, one of the largest archives of a major film director.

“While Kathryn Altman’s name does not appear in the credits of any of her husband’s films, the Altman collection is as much a tribute to her as it is to Bob himself,” said University of Michigan librarian Phillip Hallman. “Her presence led directly to her stewardship of his legacy, »

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