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Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich dies at 82; directed ‘The Last Picture Show’ and ‘Paper Moon’

Peter Bogdanovich, the Oscar-nominated director of movies like “The Last Picture Show” and “Paper Moon,” whose off-screen life was as colorful as his films, has died, according to multiple reports, citing his daughter Antonia Bogdanovich.

He was 82.

Bogdanovich died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, his daughter told The Hollywood Reporter.

CNN has reached out to representatives for both Peter and Antonia Bogdanovich.

Bogdanovich, left, chats with actor Ryan O’Neal on a film set. O’Neal starred in “Paper Moon,” which Bogdanovich directed.

A renowned film historian, Bogdanovich was writing about movies when he made the leap into directing, moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s and receiving his break from producer Roger Corman.

Considered part of a generation of young “New Hollywood” directors, Bogdanovich was heralded as an auteur from the start, with the chilling lone shooter film “Targets” and soon after “The Last Picture Show,” from 1971, his evocative portrait of a small, dying town that earned eight Oscar nominations and catapulted him to stardom.

He followed “The Last Picture Show” with the screwball comedy “What’s Up, Doc?,” starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal, and then the Depression-era road trip film “Paper Moon,” which won 10-year-old Tatum O’Neal an Oscar.

Bogdanovich also made headlines off screen with his various relationships, including one with “Last Picture Show” co-star Cybill Shepherd, who went on to star in his film “Daisy Miller.”

The director also dated Playboy model-turned-actress Dorothy Stratten, who appeared in his 1981 movie “They All Laughed” before she was murdered by her husband, Paul Snider. He later wrote a book about Stratten’s death. In 1988, he married her younger sister, Louise, who was then 20. The couple divorced in 2001.

Bogdanovich’s admiration of great movie talent led to him befriending figures like Orson Welles, and one of his most recent projects involved editing and releasing the “Citizen Kane” director’s uncompleted film “The Other Side of the Wind,” which Welles had worked on intermittently from 1970 until his death in 1985.

Bogdanovich had a small role in the film, and also acted in other projects, perhaps most memorably playing a therapist in “The Sopranos.”

In addition to Antonia, he is survived by his daughter Sashy. Their mother is his first wife, Polly Platt, a movie producer and production designer who died in 2011.

Associated Press contributed to this report.


Source: Orange County Register

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