One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Director Milos Forman Dies At 86

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Born in what is now the Czech Republic in 1932, Forman received five Academy Award nominations and is the victor of two Best Director Oscars, for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus", in addition to the numerous Oscars his films have won over the course of a career spanning six decades. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), adapted from Ken Kesey's 1962 novel, dealt with life inside an OR mental institution.

Among his other notable works are the rock musical "Hair", "Ragtime" and "The People vs Larry Flint".

His manager, Dennis Aspland, confirmed that he had been told by Forman's wife Martina that the director passed away on Friday 15 April after a short illness.

Among the collegians who was admiring his work back then was Michael Douglas, then a University of California Santa Barbara student, who would hire Forman to direct his long-laboured One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Forman also served as the jury president at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985 and the Venice Film Festival in 2000.

In America, his record as a Czech filmmaker was enough to gain him entree to Hollywood's studios, but his early suggestions for film projects were quickly rejected.

Forman was born in the Czech town of Caslav on February 18, 1932.

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The Czech-born film-maker, who was 86, was one of a small number of foreign directors to enjoy lasting commercial and critical success in Hollywood.

He was orphaned after his parents were taken to concentration camps.

After his first USA film, 1971's "Taking Off", flopped, Forman didn't get a chance to direct a major feature again for years.

Amadeus (1984), starring Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, raked in 11 Oscar nominations and eight wins, including those for best picture and director. In 1965 he was for the first time nominated for the Oscars.

Three years later while Forman was in bed with a fever, the Gestapo intruded again, this time at the family home.

Forman's first wife was actress Jana Brejchova. He is survived by four sons from his last two marriages.

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