Oscar-Winning Director Anthony Minghella Has Died


Mar. 18 2008, Published 4:21 a.m. ET

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Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella has died, his rep has confirmed. He was 54.

Anthony suffered a brain hemorrhage during a routine neck operation at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning in London's Charing Cross Hospital, a spokesperson announced.

The British-born filmmaker won a Best Director Academy Award for 1996's love/war epic The English Patient, which took home nine Oscars in total.

Anthony's other work included 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley, which launched Jude Law into the A-list, and 2003's Cold Mountain. He also earned screenplay Oscar nods for Ripley and Patient.

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Most recently he completed production on The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and is listed as a writer on the anthology film New York, I Love You.

Anthony, a former chairman of the British Film Institute, is survived by his choreographer-wife Carolyn Choa and his children Max, 22, and Hannah, 28, who was just named president of production at Sony Pictures Animation.


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