As a young director in the 1970s, he was hailed as Hollywood’s “child prodigy”. Now Peter Bogdanovich, who rose to prominence through films like “The Last Picture Show”, “What’s Up Doc” and “Paper Moon”, has passed away at the age of 82.
According to his daughter Antonia Bogdanovich, he died Thursday morning (local time) at his Los Angeles home, as reported by The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter. His team of speakers informed the German press agency of the director’s death.
Famous at night
Bogdanovich had a great role model in Hollywood, “Citzen Kane” director Orson Welles. “I loved Orson. And I think he really loved me too “, said the director to himself in an interview with the American cultural magazine” Vulture “in 2019. When the young director evoked a perfect portrait of the American campaign in the 50s with” The Last Picture Show “in the 1950s, he rose to fame overnight and compared to Welles’ directorial genius.
In her Texan nostalgia, the young actress Cybill Shepherd had entrusted Bogdanovich with the role of the adored student Jacy. It was also the start of a long story between the married filmmaker and his principal lady.
With the comedy “What’s Up Doc”, with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal, and the melancholy road movie “Paper Moon” with the young Tatum O’Neal, other successes follow. “I was hot,” Bogdanovich said in the “Vulture” interview. At that time, he was offered to direct films such as “The Godfather”, “The Exorcist”, “Chinatown” – “and almost everything”.
Mourning among colleagues
Colleagues reacted with dismay on Thursday to news of the death. “He was a close friend and a master of cinema,” director Guillermo del Toro wrote on Twitter. He created “masterpieces”. “I am devastated. He was a wonderful and great artist,” Francis Ford Coppola said in a post to “Dateline.com” the filmmaker.
“Peter always made me laugh,” Oscar-winning actress Barbra Streisand (79) wrote on Instagram of black-and-white photos from her shoot for “What’s Up Doc.” He will continue to make people laugh “up there”.
Bogdanovich was a father figure to her, Tatum O’Neal (58) wrote on Instagram. She felt safe with him. She also posted a photo and video from the set of “Paper Moon”. For her first feature film, alongside her father Ryan O’Neal, she received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1974 at the age of ten. She played a cunning little girl who got along with a con artist during the Great Depression.
Bogdanovich has often made the headlines in his personal life. While filming the comedy “They All Laughed” (1981; “They All Laughed”), he fell in love with an actress, the Playboy model Dorothy Stratten. Her husband, Paul Snider, killed the 20-year-old and committed suicide. After Stratten’s death he was completely exhausted, Bogdanovich said in “Vulture.”
A few years after Stratten’s death, the director married her younger sister, Louise, despite an age difference of almost 30 years. The marriage ended in divorce in 2001.
A Grammy, not an Oscar
Later, Bogdanovich rarely directed feature films. In 2001, he brought Kirsten Dunst in front of the camera for “The Cat’s Meow”. In the comedy “She’s Funny That Way”, he let his stars Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Rhys Ifans and Imogen Poots stumble into all manner of love entanglements. He presented the film at the Venice Film Festival in 2014.
Bogdanovich did not receive an Oscar in his long career, but he does hold a Grammy trophy. The director earned it with his musical documentary “Runnin ‘Down a Dream” about the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He won the coveted music award for the achievement of “Best Long Music Video”.