Forman, Oscar-winning director of 'Cuckoo's Nest' and 'Amadeus', dies at 86

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A two-time victor of the Academy Award for Best Director, the "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus" helmer also won three Golden Globes, the Cannes Film Festival's Grand Prize of the Jury (for "Taking Off"), the Golden Bear at Berlin ("The People vs. Larry Flynt"), a BAFTA award, and numerous other accolades.

The legendary film director Milos Forman died on Friday, his wife told Czech media. "He passed away quietly, surrounded by his family and his closest people", she said.

The filmmaker was born on February 18, 1932 in Caslav, Czechoslovakia.

In August 1968, just days before the Soviet-led crackdown that followed the Prague Spring uprising, Forman left Czechoslovakia for France, moving to the United States a few months later.

After working in theatre in Prague in the 1950s he moved to America in the late 1960s, and despite initially struggling in his career, he secured his breakthrough when actor Michael Douglas and producer Saul Zaentz offered him a chance to direct a film adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

Director of nearly 20 films, his movies earned a total of 33 Academy Award nominations, of which they won 13.

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Miloš Forman, who rose to prominence as a key figure in the Czech New Wave before establishing himself as one of Hollywood's most sought-after directors, has died at 86.

Forman returned to top form three years later, however, when he released "Amadeus". But the follow-up, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, firmly established him in Hollywood.

The 1965 film is a bittersweet coming-of-age story that sold out in his home country before it was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe. This also included an Oscar for Forman in the Category of Best Director.

"Man on the Moon", based on the life of cult hero Andy Kaufman, did win its star, Jim Carrey, a Golden Globe.

Married three times, Forman met his third wife Martina - a writer three decades his junior - in Prague in the 1990s. The two had another set of twins, who the director named after Andrew Kaufman and Jim Carrey.

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