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Sydney Pollack Memorial…

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Family, friends gather to mourn Sydney Pollack


Private memorial service held Saturday, source reveals


The Associated Press
June. 15, 2008

LOS ANGELES – Friends, family and show business colleagues gathered to remember late Oscar-winning director, producer and actor Sydney Pollack at a private memorial service, according to a person with knowledge of the service.


The person insisted on anonymity because the family wanted details of the service on Saturday to be kept private and the person was not authorized to release any information.


The 73-year-old director, producer and actor died of cancer on May 26 while surrounded by family at his home in Los Angeles, according to his publicist, Leslee Dart. Pollack had been diagnosed with cancer about nine months ago.


Pollack won Academy Awards for best picture and best director for the 1985 epic Out of Africa. In a career spanning nearly five decades, he directed over 20 films, including The Firm, Havana and Absence of Malice. The last film he directed was the 2006 documentary Sketches of Frank Gehry.


Pollack had worked with seemingly every A-list star in the business: Al Pacino, Paul Newman, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, Nicole Kidman, Barbra Streisand and George Clooney. He collaborated with Robert Redford on seven films, including Out of Africa, 1973’s The Way We Were, 1975’s Three Days of the Condor and 1979’s The Electric Horseman.


While best known as a director, Pollack frequently stepped in front of the camera. He played the agent of Dustin Hoffman’s cross-dressing soap star in 1982’s Tootsie, which he also directed, and the old-school law firm boss in 2007’s Michael Clayton, which he also co-produced. He also appeared on Will & Grace, Entourage and The Sopranos.


Pollack is survived by his wife, Claire; two daughters, a brother and six grandchildren. Pollack’s son, Steven, died in a plane crash in 1993.


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Obit…Sydney Pollack

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Sydney Pollack, 73; Oscar-winning director and producer


(Brian Hamill, Getty Images)


By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
May 27, 2008


Sydney Pollack, the Academy Award-winning director of Out of Africa who acheived acclaim making popular, mainstream movies with A-list stars, including The Way We Were and Tootsie, died Monday. He was 73.  READ MORE.



 Sydney Pollack, Film Director, Is Dead at 73



By Michael Cieply, New York Times
May 27, 2008


LOS ANGELESSydney Pollack, a Hollywood mainstay as director, producer and sometime actor whose star-laden movies like The Way We Were, Tootsie and Out of Africa were among the most successful of the 1970s and ’80s, died Monday at home here. He was 73.  READ MORE.



Sydney Pollack


By Andre Soares, Alternative Film Guide
May 27, 2008


Sydney Pollack, the director of several critical and box-office successes of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, died of cancer earlier today in the Los Angeles suburb of Pacific Palisades. He was 73.  READ MORE.


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