Milos Forman Two-Time Oscar Winning Directo Dead At 86

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Milos Forman, the Oscar-winning director of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" who has died aged 86, became one of Hollywood's few successful foreign-born filmmakers after leaving his native Czechoslovakia in the days before the 1968 Soviet-led invasion. Forman, also known for two biopics about controversial Americans - The People vs. Larry Flynt(1996) and Man on the Moon (1999) - died Friday in the USA after a short illness, according to his wife, Martina, who broke the news to the Czech news agency CTK.

His father died at Buchenwald while his mother was killed in Auschwitz after both of them were accused of taking part in an anti-Nazi resistance.

He picked up an Academy Award in 1975 for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. In a 2002 interview, Forman talked about accepting an invitation to take in a play in London, not knowing it was the first public preview of the Peter Shaffer play Amadeus.

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In this file photo taken on October 09, 2009 Czech-born United States film director Milos Forman poses in Paris.

- 1999: Marries his third wife, screenwriter Martina Zborilova with whom he has another set of twin sons.

Forman, who was born in the small town of Caslav in 1932, moved to U.S.in the 1960s and became widely known for his humanism, dark humor, and fascination with rebellious characters. The movie won eight of its 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Forman and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham.

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His wife confirmed the sad news of his death to the Czech news agency CTK on Friday.

Valmont, Forman's 1989 adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, proved something of an anticlimax as another version, directed by Stephen Frears and containing a star-making performance from John Malkovich, had been released the previous year. In 1965 he was for the first time nominated for the Oscars. The film starred Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The director's first marriage, to actress Jana Brejchova ended in divorce. With the latter he had twins boys, Matej and Petr, before leaving Czechoslovakia.

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