Peter Bogdanovich, the Oscar-nominated director of ‘The Last Picture Show,’ dead at 82

He was 82.

CNN has reached out to representatives for both Peter and Antonia Bogdanovich.

A renowned film historian, Bogdanovich was writing about movies when he made the leap into directing, moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s and receiving his break from producer Roger Corman.

His career took off, however, with his black-and-white adaptation of author Larry McMurtry’s “The Last Picture Show,” set in a Texas town, which was released in 1971. Movies like “What’s Up, Doc?,” a comedy pairing Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal, and “Paper Moon” (also with O’Neal, and his young daughter Tatum) followed.

Bogdanovich also made headlines off screen with his various relationships, including one with “Last Picture Show” co-star Cybill Shepherd, who went on to star in his film “Daisy Miller.”

The director also dated Playboy model turned actress Dorothy Stratten, who appeared in his 1981 movie “They All Laughed,” before she was murdered by her husband, Paul Snider. He later wrote a book about Stratten’s death.

Bogdanovich’s admiration of great movie talent led to him befriending figures like Orson Welles, and one of his most recent projects involved editing and releasing the “Citizen Kane” director’s uncompleted film “The Other Side of the Wind,” which Welles had worked on intermittently from 1970 until his death in 1985.

Bogdanovich had a small role in the film, and also acted in other projects, perhaps most memorably playing a therapist in “The Sopranos.”


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