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Hal Ashby
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    (September 2, 1929-December 27, 1988)
    Directed 'The Landlord (1970),' 'Harold and Maude (1971),' 'The Last Detail (1973), 'Shampoo (1975),' 'Bound for Glory (1976),' 'Coming Home (1978),' 'Being There (1979),' 'Second-Hand Hearts (1981),' 'Lookin' to Get Out (1982),' 'Let's Spend the Night Together (1982),' 'The Slugger's Wife (1985)' and '8 Million Ways to Die (1986)'
    Despite being known primarily as a director, he only won one Oscar for 'Best Film Editing' for 'In the Heat of the Night' (1968).
    He dropped out of high school.
    He got married and divorced during his teens.
    He got hooked on drugs once he became successful, which eventually made it very difficult for him to get a job.
    He suffered from a reclusive lifestyle.
    He made the Rolling Stones concert documentary, 'Let's Spend the Night Together' (1982).
    He was known to stretch post production time on his films.
    He was accused of not really having a visual style.
    His father committed suicide during his childhood.
    He worked his way up from the bottom, working at a printing press job at Universal Studios.
    He befriended Jack Nicholson at MGM when Jack was working as a messenger.
    He had directed several critically acclaimed movies in the 1970's.
    His projects were sometimes taken away from him to be edited by others.
    After straightening himself out, he developed cancer of the liver and colon, and died (December 27, 1988).
    He was a director that most actors and actresses loved to work with.

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