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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus director Milos Forman has died at the age of 86.

Milos Forman died on April 13 in the US after a short illness, his wife, Martina Zborilova, told Czech news agency CTK.

She said: “His departure was calm and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends.”

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

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest won five Oscars in 1976, while 1984’s Amadeus won eight.

Milos Forman’s other English-language movies included 1996’s The People vs. Larry Flynt, which earned him his third best director Oscar nomination, and 1999’s Man on the Moon.

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Antonio Banderas, who has said he was inspired to become an actor when he watched Milos Forman’s 1979 musical Hair, described him as a “genius of cinematography and master in the portrayal of the human condition”.

Milos Forman was born in Czechoslovakia in 1932 and became an orphan when both his parents were killed in Nazi death camps during World War II.

He made his name as a leading figure in Czech new wave cinema in the 1960s, but moved to the US when Russian troops invaded in 1968.

Milos Forman’s first feature in the US, 1971’s Taking Off, was a critical if not commercial success. However, the follow-up, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, firmly established him in Hollywood.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was one of the biggest box office hits of 1975, taking more than $100 million, and became only the second movie in history to win Oscars for best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay.

It starred Jack Nicholson as a man battling the system in a psychiatric establishment and was based on Ken Kesey’s novel.

Milos Forman followed that with Hair and 1981’s Ragtime before Amadeus, a look at the life of 18th Century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the eyes of his rival Antonio Salieri. Its Oscars included best picture and best director.

After 1989’s Valmont, Milos Forman made The People vs. Larry Flynt, with Woody Harrelson cast as the publisher.

Three years later, Milos Forman cast Jim Carrey to star in Man On The Moon, the biopic of comedian Andy Kaufman.

In 2012, when Milos Forman was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Directors’ Guild of America, the guild’s president Taylor Hackford said he “finds the universality of the human experience in every story”.

Milos Forman was married to actresses Jana Brejchova and Vera Kresadlova, having twin boys with the latter.

In 1999, Milos Forman married screenwriter Martina Zborilova, with whom he also had twin sons, Andrew and James – named after Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey.


Boy George showed off a black eye caused during an altercation at a night club on Saturday evening.

The former Culture Club frontman – now a successful DJ – was injured as he left the Amadeus nightclub in Northallerton, North Yorkshire on Saturday evening.

Boy George, 50, real name George O’Dowd, was leaving the venue when there was an altercation with a female club-goer.

A spokesman for Boy George claimed: “George was leaving the club when, the club management have said, a drunken and aggressive woman lunged for his hat – and in doing so hit him in the eye.”

The spokesman claimed that as a result of her actions, the woman was asked to leave the club.

Boy George was injured as he left the Amadeus nightclub in Northallerton, North Yorkshire on Saturday evening

Boy George was injured as he left the Amadeus nightclub in Northallerton, North Yorkshire on Saturday evening

Boy George posted the photograph on micro-blogging site Twitter, adding: “Looking pretty after being assaulted on Saturday night! Nice!”

The star added: “Poor Christine having to make up only one eye after an incident in a club….I have one big bruised eye! Sweet.”

Boy George, though, is not pressing charges against the woman.

The singer first rose to fame as the cross-dressing frontman of Culture Club.

They were one of the most successful stars of the1980s with chart-topping singles including Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? and Karma Chameleon, which was the biggest selling UK single of 1983.

However, the band fractured as Boy George’s infamous heroin addiction worsened. In 1986, he was even arrested for heroin possession.

Boy George subsequently rebuilt his career as a DJ but has intermittently come to the attention of police.

The singer was sentenced to five days community service in New York for falsely reporting a burglary in 2006.

In 2009, Boy George then served four months in prison in the UK after he was convicted of false imprisonment.

A reunion album with Culture Club has also been mooted for later this year.