Milos Forman, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest director, dies at 86

Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies aged 86 after short illness

A part of the Czech New Wave, Forman's first US-made film was 1975's One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - which went on to sweep the five major categories - Best Director, Picture, Actor and Actress, and Best Screenplay (Adapted) at the Oscars that year, netting Forman his first Best Director win and first Best Picture.

"His departure was calm and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends", she said.

Born in the Czech town of Caslav in 1932, Forman moved to the U.S. after the communist government's crackdown on the 1968 uprising known as the Prague Spring.

Shortly before the 1968 Soviet-led occupation of Czechoslovakia, which put an end to a liberal period known as the Prague Spring, Forman moved to the United States via France.

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Before emigrating, Forman studied at the Prague Film Academy (FAMU) and was a leading figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave film movement, along with directors Ivan Passer, Vera Chytilova and others.

An American citizen since 1977, Forman returned to still-Communist Prague in 1983 to film "Amadeus", which earned him a second Oscar and which won eight out of 11 nominations. He was orphaned after his parents were taken to concentration camps. Movies like "Black Peter" (1964), "Loves of a Blonde" (1965) and "The Fireman's Ball" (1967) remain memorable from that era. Forman told Los Angeles Times in a 2004 interview.

Other notable films by Forman include Hair in 1979, and The People vs Larry Flint in 1996, which was also nominated for an Academy Award, and Man on The Moon in 1996. He was father to two sets of twin boys, with his second and third wives.

The Czech-born director died in the U.S. after a brief illness, his wife, Martina, told Czech news agency CTK, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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