March 18th, 2008

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Oscar-Winning Director Minghella Dies.

Agent Judy Daish confirmed the director's death but further details were not immediately available.

Minghella, who was 54, won an Oscar for directing "The English Patient," one of a series of literary adaptations that include "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Cold Mountain." He was recently in Botswana filming an adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith's novel "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."

Via bluebythebook: Brain hemorrhage?

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No vertigo today, although a touch of dizziness (apparently dizziness is also a side effect of Allegra D, but it seems to have helped the vertigo, so... whatever) and congestion. Spent the day reading annotated Sherlock Holmes stories. Still shocked from this morning. And now? Maggie Smith is fighting breast cancer. OKAY, STOP. It's only March and already I want a do-over on 2008.

ETA: Arthur C. Clarke dies in Sri Lanka at the age of 90?

ETA 2: Reports: Paul Newman's Visits to Cancer Doctor. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?

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