Milos Forman, director of Oscar-winning Cuckoo's Nest, dies at 86

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Milos Forman, known for films like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, has died after a brief illness, Reuters reported.

In August 1968 Czechslovakia was invaded by Warsaw Pact forces aiming to suppress Alexander Dubček's liberalising reforms; Forman opted to stay in the U.S., were he was joined by fellow director Ivan Passer. He was also nominated for "The People vs. Larry Flynt" in 1996.

His father died at Buchenwald while his mother was killed in Auschwitz after both of them were accused of taking part in an anti-Nazi resistance. He achieved worldwide acclaim with the 1975 Cuckoo's Nest, starring Jack Nicholson and set inside a mental institution.

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In a 2004 interview with the LA Times, Forman said, "When we started to make our films, they were really Czech films about Czech society and Czech little people - and who cares about Czech little people?"

The Czech-born film-maker, who was 86, was one of a small number of foreign directors to enjoy lasting commercial and critical success in Hollywood. Aspland said Forman's wife, Martina, notified him of the death.

It was one of the biggest box office hits of 1975, taking more than $100m, and became only the second film in history to win Oscars for best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay.

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Born Jan Tomáš Forman on February 18, 1932 in Čáslav, Czechoslovakia, Forman began his career in his native country before moving to the United States following the Prague Spring in 1968. The smash movie won eight Oscars out of 11 nominations. This also included an Oscar for Forman in the Category of Best Director.

The film was instant hit that solidified the director as a formidable force in Hollywood, and he later directed "Amadeus", "Hair", "Ragtime", and "The People vs Larry Flint".

First to actress Jana Brejchova (his lead actress in "Loves of a Blonde") and then to Vera Kresadlova.

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That marriage ended in 1999, and Forman married Zborilova. With the latter he had twins boys, Matej and Petr, before leaving Czechoslovakia.

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