Peter Bogdanovich, director of “The Last Picture Show” and “What’s Up, Doc? », Dies at 82


Oscar nominated director Peter Bogdanovich, best known for The latest picture show, what’s up, Doc?, and Moon paper, died at the age of 82. Bogdanovich died of natural causes Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, his daughter Antonia confirmed to Hollywood journalist.

Born July 30, 1939 in Kingston, New York, Bogdanovich was an avid film buff and film historian before making his own images. At 16, he studied theater with Stella Adler, then made a name for himself as a critic for Squire. His friendship with the pioneer of the film B Roger corman helped put Bogdanovich’s foot in the door, leading to his 1968 thriller, Targets.

But that was in 1971 The last picture show, featuring Jeff Bridges, Cloris Leachman, and Cybill Shepherd, this made Bogdanovich a name to remember in Hollywood. The film won eight Oscar nominations, including nods for its direction and screenplay adapted alongside Larry McMurtry, and won Oscars for Leachman and Ben Johnson. Bogdanovich ended his marriage to Oscar nominated decorator Polly Platt (who worked on The last picture show) to start a relationship with Shepherd.

Its Follow-Up Features — Crazy Comedy from 1972 What’s up doc?, featuring Barbra streisand and Ryan O’Neal, and capers from the 1973 crime Moon paper, with O’Neal and his daughter, Tatum– would consolidate Bogdanovich’s streak of success. As he said Vulture in 2019, Bogdanovich was offered, then rejected, several large-scale films at this time, including The Godfather, Chinese district, The Exorcist, and The way we were. Instead, he would make two more films with Shepherd — 1974 Daisy miller and 1975 At Long Last Love, who both flopped.

Bogdanovich was at the center of a scandal in 1980, when Playboy Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten, who he started dating while filming They all laughed, was murdered by her husband, Paul Snider. Snider then committed suicide. “His death pretty much destroyed me,” the director said Vanity Fair in 2014. “I was crazy about her. We love each other. It was the best time of my life to make this movie with her, and then it got destroyed with her, and I didn’t care if I made another movie again.

The director would invest his savings in the purchase They all laughed from 20th Century Fox before distributing the film itself and later declaring bankruptcy. Bogdanovich then wrote the 1984 book Murder of the Unicorn: Dorothy Stratten 1960-1980, in which he blamed much of Stratten’s death on Hugh Hefner, who had banished Snider from his mansion.

Bogdanovich caused another stir by later marrying Dorothy’s younger sister, Louise, who was 30 years his junior. “A lot of nonsense has been written about us,” he said. VF. “But we both got wrecked together, and we were cast together as friends and family. We saved each other. The couple divorced in 2001 after 14 years of marriage, but stayed in each other’s lives until his death.

His subsequent films include the years 1985 Mask featuring Expensive, 2002 The cat’s meow with Kirsten dunst, and 2014 She is funny like that featuring Owen Wilson and Jennifer aniston. Bogdanovich also performed, playing a psychotherapist on The Sopranos and disc jockey in Kill bill. He went on to achieve success as a film historian and documentary maker, writing a book about Orson Welles and helping with the release of Welles’ long-awaited film, The other side of the wind in 2019.

Bogdanovich cemented his legacy with the TCM The plot thickens podcast on his life and career. He also exerted an influence on directors such as Quentin Tarantino—With whom he lived for a while in the 2000s—Wes anderson, and Noah Baumbach, who all affectionately called him “Pop”.