1. Actress Nicole Kidman and Sydney Pollack at presser
2. Mid shot Kidman and Pollack
3. Various wide shots of presser
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sydney Pollack, actor and director:
"You guys always respond to, that's one of the things I love about coming to Europe is you're all very political and very serious about your movies, and you look right away for the political content of it and of course there is political content. But I have a tough problem which is when I make a movie that costs what this picture costs, I have to entertain you first."
Academy award-winning director, Sydney Pollack, a Hollywood mainstay who achieved commercial and critical success with the gender-bending comedy 'Tootsie' and the period drama 'Out Of Africa', has died aged 73.
Pollack died of cancer on Monday afternoon at his home in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, surrounded by family.
He had been diagnosed with cancer about nine months ago.
Pollack appeared on the screen himself working with some of Hollywood's best actors in a long career that reached prominence in the 1970s and 1980s.
In 1970, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" about Great Depression marathon dancers, received nine Oscar nominations, including one for
He was nominated again for best director for 1982's "Tootsie," starring Dustin Hoffman as a cross-dressing actor and Pollack as his exasperated
As director and producer, he won Academy Awards for the 1986 romantic epic "Out of Africa," starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, which captured seven Oscars in all.
Pollack's last screen appearance was in 'Made of Honor' a recently released romantic comedy, in which he played the several times married father of Patrick Dempsey's character.
Last autumn, he played Marty Bach opposite George Clooney in 'Michael Clayton'. He also co-produced the movie.
The film received seven Oscar nominations, including best picture and a best actor nod for Clooney and won Tilda Swinton an Oscar for best supporting actress.
In recent years, Pollack produced many independent films with filmmaker Anthony Minghella and a production company Mirage Enterprises.
His recent producing credits include "The Talented Mr. Ripley"; "Cold Mountain"; "Sketches of Frank Gehry," a documentary that was the final film directed by Pollack; and the new HBO film "Recount," about the 2000 presidential election.
Sidney Irwin Pollack was born in Lafayette, Indiana to first-generation Russian-Americans.
In high school he fell in love with the theatre, a passion that prompted him to give college a miss and move to New York where he enrolled in the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.
Pollack is survived by his wife, Claire, his two daughters Rebecca and Rachel, his brother Bernie and six grandchildren.
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