Norman Jewison, director of ‘Moonstruck’, dies at 97

File photo of Canadian director and producer Norman Jewison, in a file photo. EFE/ Julio Muñoz ARCHIVE

Washington, Jan 22 (EFE).- Canadian film director Norman Jewison, author of films such as ‘Moonstruck’ and ‘In the Heat of the Night’ , died at the age of 97, The Hollywood Reporter reported this Monday.

The specialized magazine stated that the filmmaker died on Saturday at his residence in Los Angeles (USA), according to his publicist, Jeff Sanderson.

Jewison’s career also includes titles such as ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ and musicals such as ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. superstar’).

‘Moonstruck’ and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ earned him a quadruple Oscar nomination in 1988 and 1972, respectively, for best film and best director.

Jewison was nominated three other times: for best film for ‘A soldier’s story’ (‘The story of a soldier’, 1985) and for ‘The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming’ (‘The Russians are coming!’, 1967) and best filmmaker for ‘In the Heat of the Night’ (1968), a film that won the Oscar for best film.

In total, his films earned 46 nominations and 12 Oscars.

He came to Hollywood in the 1960s, after having triumphed on British, Canadian and American television, as Variety magazine recalled this Monday.

The comedy ’40 Pounds of Trouble’, with Tony Curtis, marked his entry into the mecca of cinema and its good results at the box office made him sign a seven-year contract with Universal, from which works such as ‘The Thrill of It All’ came out. , with Doris Day.

But he never completely abandoned television: he was executive producer, for example, of Judy Garland’s weekly variety show ‘The Judy Garland Show’.

In 1999 he also won the Irving Thalberg Award from the American Academy. “The only thing I really regret about winning this prize is that it’s not like the Nobel or the Pulitzer. It doesn’t involve money,” he joked in his acceptance speech.

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