Sydney Pollack, who won an Academy Award as best director for "Out of Africa," died Monday of cancer at his home in Pacific Palisades. He was 73.
Pollack also was nominated for a best director Oscar for "Tootsie" and "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" Pollack won an Emmy for his direction of "The Game" in 1965, starring Cliff Robertson. Film. In addition to his Oscar for "Out of Africa," which also won best picture, that film also earned Pollack the best director honor from the New York Critics Film Circle for that film.
Among the 100 best American love stories ranked by American Film Institute in June 2002, Pollack is the only director credited with two films near the top of list: "The Way We Were," at No. 6, and "Out of Africa," which is ranked No. 13.
Pollack died only hours after the Saturday night premiere of the HBO film "Recount," which he executive produced. Pollack also was to have directed the movie about the 2000 presidential election, but pulled out in August due to his health.
Our thoughts and condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Pollack.
On a creepy side note, I have a Page-A-Day calendar at my desk at work, 365 movies... and Monday's movie was Tootsie...