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Director Anthony Minghella Dies at Age 54

Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella died today at the age of 54 of a hemorrhage following surgery. He won the Best Director Oscar in 1997 for The English Patient, and was later nominated for his work on The Talented Mr. Ripley. He also directed Cold Mountain and the 2006 drama Breaking and Entering.

According to the AP, "Minghella's publicist, Jonathan Rutter, said the filmmaker died at London's Charing Cross Hospital. He said Minghella was operated on last week for a growth in his neck, 'and the operation seemed to have gone well. At 5 a.m. today he had a fatal hemorrhage.'"

His latest projects included the adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith's book series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, which Minghella filmed in Botswana and which will be turned into a 13-part series for HBO. He was also scheduled to direct a short for the film anthology New York, I Love You (the New York version of the 2006 anthology Paris, je t'aime). In addition to serving as executive producer on various projects like Michael Clayton and the Kate Winslet film Iris, Minghella has one acting credit on his filmography: he played the interviewer at the end of Atonement.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is quoted as saying, "Anthony Minghella was a wonderful human being, creative and brilliant, but still humble, gentle and a joy to be with. Whatever I did with him, personally or professionally, left me with complete admiration for him, as a character and as an artist of the highest caliber."

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orisugar orisugar 9 years
Oh no...this is so sad. I loved Breaking and Entering and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
NotABot NotABot 9 years
So gifted. Too sad. Too early. RIP.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
What a talented man. Sad news, indeed.
littlemissme littlemissme 9 years
This is so sad. I loved The Talented Mr. Ripley and I was hoping to see many more great films of him... RIP
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 9 years
Well at least he left the world with great accomplishments. RIP
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
why do talented people die so young yet people like paris hilton and nicole richie who drive while drunk are still kicking it? anyhow RIP mr. minghella. may your beautiful, talented soul rest in peace.....and like i said, may your attractive-looking son find comfort from me.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
Wow, he was so young. I loved The Talented Mr. Ripley.
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