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Sydney Pollack, 'Out Of Africa' Director, Dead At 73
By Max Williams
Published on 05/27/2008
Sydney Pollack was an award winning director and producer for some legendary movies. On Monday, Pollack passed away from Cancer at his home in Pacific Palisades. He was 73 years old.

Pollack Had A Knack For Working With Big Stars
Sydney Pollack directed some of the biggest movies in the history of Hollywood. He was well respected by his peers, and considered a relentless worker.

On Monday, the award winning director that brought the world such films as 'Tootsie' and 'The Way We Were', passed away. He was seventy three years old.

Pollack's most successful movie could have been the one in which he won Academy Awards for both producer and director. 'Out of Africa' not only won Pollack the Academy Awards, but also won the best picture Oscar.

"Sydney Pollack has made some of the most influential and best-remembered films of the last three decades," said film scholar Jeanine Basinger, to the Los Angeles Times.

Back in 1982, Pollack spoke to the New York Times about why he preferred working with big name actors. "Stars are like thoroughbreds. Yes, it's a little more dangerous with them. They are more temperamental. You have to be careful because you can be thrown. But when they do what they do best-whatever it is that made them a star-it's really exciting," he said.

Pollack is survived by his brother Bernie, his wife Claire, children Rachel and Rebecca, and his six grandchildren.