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Director Sydney Pollack Passes Away at 73

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Obituaries,

Sydney Pollack, the award-winning director behind 1985’s Out of Africa, died today at his California home. The 73-year-old, who was also a well-known producer and actor, had been suffering from cancer.

In addition to his work on Africa, Pollack will most likely be remembered for 1973’s The Way We Were and 1982’s Tootsie. In total, his projects have earned 48 Oscar nominations and two Academy Award wins for himself. He was last behind the camera in 2005 when he helmed Sketches of Frank Gehry and The Interpreter, starring and Sean Penn.

Sydney’s skills, as mentioned, were often spotted on-screen as well. In addition to Tootsie, his mug was seen in Death Becomes Her, Eyes Wide Shut and Changing Lanes. His most recent appearances were made in last year’s and the romantic comedy (still in theaters).

Pollack - whose son died in a 1993 plane crash -  is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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