Los Angeles, California (WiredPRNews.com) — CNN reported that Academy Award winner and director Sydney Pollack, 73, who won critical and commercial achievement with “Tootsie” the gender bending comedy and also the period production Out of Africa, has died of cancer. Pollack was at his abode in Pacific Palisades in L.A. surrounded by family members when he passed away. Pollack had been suffering from cancer for nine months.
Sydney Pollack gained popularity in the 70’s and 80’s. He generally appeared on-screen and gained admiration after working with some of Hollywood’s most excellent actors. Actor George Clooney said, “Sydney made the world a little better, movie a little better and even dinner a little better.”
In 1986, Pollack won seven Oscar Awards including best director for his film “Out of America.” Some of his other movies, including “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” and “Tootsie” achieved a number of nominations, including best director.
The last appearance of Pollack was in the 2008 film “Made of Honor,” which is a romantic comedy currently in movie theaters. In this tear-jerker, Pollack played the oft-married father. In recent times, Sydney produced several independent movies with the production company Mirage Enterprises and filmmaker Anthony Minghella.
In high school, Pollack fell in love with the stage and theater, a fervor that prompted Pollack to forgo college, move to New York, and register himself in the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater. Pollack spent a few years trying his hand in different areas in theater, but in the 1950’s, after starring in a handful of Broadway productions, he turned his eye towards directing.