Love Story Director Arthur Hiller Dies In Los Angeles, Aged 92

Hiller died Wednesday in Los Angeles of natural causes, the academy said in a statement.

The Canadian-born filmmaker enjoyed a movie career spanning five decades that included the 1964 comedy "The Americanisation of Emily", ratings smash "Love Story", for which he was nominated for an Oscar in 1970, and 1975's "The Man in the Glass Booth".

Current Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said the organisation was "deeply saddened" by his passing.

"I was a board member during his presidency and lucky enough to see first hand her dedication to the Academy and passion of a lifetime for visual storytelling". He was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2002. Hiller served as Academy president from 1993 to 1997.

Instead he moved into directing Canadian television, before moving to NBC in the USA. But instead of going straight into the arts after high school, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and fought in World War II, navigating bombers over Europe.

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Hiller was born in Edmonton on November 22, 1923.

Hiller went on what Variety refers to as a "hot streak" around this time, releasing a series of hits in addition to Love Story: The Out Of Towners, The Hospital, and Plaza Suite.

"I feel comfortable in comedy with dramatic and social overtones", he once said.

Over his almost 50-year Hollywood career, he directed more than 30 films in a range of genres, including comedies, dramas, war stories, satires and musicals, among them successful collaborations with playwrights Neil Simon and Paddy Chayefsky. Jumping into feature films in the early 1960s, his early credits include The Americanization Of Emily and the Ryan O'Neal-Ali MacGraw romancer Love Story, which earned him the Oscar nom.

He even helmed a musical, 1972's "Man of La Mancha" with Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren, and a biography, 1976's 'W.C. Fields and Me, ' with Rod Steiger and Valerie Perrine. Then, he later told the Toronto Star, "I had one of those moments where I thought, what am I doing? Author!" (1982) with Al Pacino, "The Lonely Guy" (1984) with Steve Martin, "Outrageous Fortune" (1987) with Bette Midler and "The Babe" (1992) with John Goodman as Babe Ruth. He is survived by his daughter, Erica Hiller Carpenter, his son, Henryk, and five grandchildren.

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