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Director Anthony Mighella dies age 54

The Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella has died at the age of 54. The cause of death is unknown.

Minghella won the best director Oscar in 1997 for the English Patient and was nominated for the best adapted screenplay in 2000 for the film The Talented Mr Ripley .

The award winning director, who was made a CBE in 2001, had just completed filming the comedy The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, set in Botswana, which he co-wrote with Richard Curtis.

Anthony Minghella was born on the Isle of Wight to a Italian-Scottish father and an English mother. His first film was the 1990 comedy Truly Madly Deeply.

But Minghella started his career in theatre and was an avid fan of the work of Samuel Beckett writing a radio play to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Irish playwright's birth.

Minghella produced the big budget Cold Mountain in 2003 and then the smaller scale Breaking and Entering in 2006. He had recently stepped down as the chairman of the British Film Institute.

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The Talented Mr Ripley
Beckett's Play
Cold Mountain

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