US film director Peter Bogdanovich passes away aged 82
US film director Peter Bogdanovich has passed away aged 82.
Best known for his 1970s black and white films such as The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon, Bogdanovich was considered to be part of a generation of young “New Hollywood” directors.
Dying early on Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles, his daughter, Antonia Bogdanovich, said he died of natural causes.
Deemed an auteur from the beginning of his career, the director earned himself eight Oscar nominations over the span of his career.
Following on from 1971's hit The Last Picture Show, he directed the comedy What’s Up, Doc? which starred Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal, before going on to direct Paper Moon, which won 10-year-old Tatum O’Neal an Oscar.
Bogdanovich began his career as a film journalist and critic before venturing into directing, but also worked as a film programmer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, his hometown.
The director was not only in the spotlight for his film career but also his personal life after his well-known affair with Cybill Shepherd began during the filming of The Last Picture Show while he was married to Polly Platt.
He then endured heartbreak when his girlfriend and Playboy model Dorothy Stratten was murdered in 1980, then going on to marry her younger sister Louise.