Who was Milos Forman? Oscar-winning director of Cuckoo's Nest dies

Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies at 86

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. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", is by far his most popular and highly appreciated film till date.

His other significant and praiseworthy works include the rock musical titled "Hair" (1979), "Ragtime" (1981), "Valmont" (1989), "Man on the Moon" (1999) and "Goya's Ghosts" (2006) and "The People vs Larry Flint" (1996), which won him an Academy Award nomination that year.

His first feature in the United States, 1971's Taking Off, was a critical if not commercial success.

"Milos loved life. I will miss his laughter". The film starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher won five Oscars, including best picture and best director. I have seen One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest enough times to be able to silently mouth along with the movie. "The Communist Party was my Nurse Ratched, telling me what I could and could not do; what I was or was not allowed to say; where I was and was not allowed to go; even who I was and was not".

Forman made his debut in 1954 but his legendary status was cemented with "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", a film about a psychiatric institution, and "Amadeus", his biopic of composer Mozart. The film won eight Academy Awards, including best picture and best director.

Milos is survived by wife Martina and four sons - twins Matej and Petr Forman from the second marriage and Andrew and James, named after Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey, from the third marriage.

Forman died on Friday in the United States after a short illness, his wife, Martina, told CTK.

"His departure was calm and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends", she said.

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