Milos Forman Dies At 86: Celebrities, Fans React To 'Amadeus' Director's Death

Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies aged 86 after short illness

Married three times, Forman met his third wife Martina - a writer three decades his junior - in Prague in the 1990s.

When Forman arrived in Hollywood in the late 1960s, he was lacking in both money and English skills, but carried a portfolio of Czechoslovakian films much admired internationally for their quirky, lighthearted spirit. Several of his early films, including 1964's "Black Peter" and the 1967 satire "The Fireman's Ball", were banned by Czech authorities.

The death of Milos Forman has triggered tributes to the iconic two-time Oscar-winning director from the film community in many parts of the world. But without any big-name stars it quickly tanked at the box office. It also won Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

In 1975, he rose to fame when he directed Hollywood blockbuster "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", an adaptation from a Ken Kesey novel.

The director, who worked meticulously, spending months with screenwriters and overseeing every aspect of production, didn't release another film until 1979's Hair.

Telling the story of a village ball where everything goes wrong, "The Firemen's Ball" was produced by Italian magnate Carlo Ponti, who had been charmed by Forman's talent. But by the time it came out, America's brief period of student revolt had long since faded, and the public wasn't interested.

Lawyer of fired FBI Deputy Dir. McCabe may file defamation suit vs
The Trump administration suddenly fired McCabe weeks ago, just days before he was set to retire and receive his pension. As deputy director of the FBI , Andrew McCabe "admonished" other FBI officials over leaks he himself authorized.

Forman returned to top form three years later, however, when he released Amadeus.

A decade later, he directed the eight-fold Oscar victor "Amadeus", which depicted the life of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the eyes of his rival Antonio Salieri. It captured seven Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best actor (for F. Murray Abraham as Salieri).

In another adaptation, this time from an E. L. Doctorow novel and nominated for eight Oscars, Forman explored the roots of racism in the United States via an epic 1900s fresco set in and around NY following a black jazz pianist's experience of deep injustice and his radical rebellion, with fatal consequences.

He moved to the US following his native country's "Prague Spring" uprising against the Communist regime in 1968; he became a USA citizen in the 1970s.

Born in the town of Caslav east of Prague on February 18, 1932, Forman lost both parents in Nazi concentration camps.

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