Silence Of The Lambs Director Jonathan Demme Died At 73

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Oscar award winning director, writer, and producer Jonathan Demme who rose to prominence with his work in Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia passed away today from complications arising from an ongoing battle with esophageal cancer. The bulk of his career revolved around his work with documentaries and concert films, which included Stop Making Sense, a concert film about the Talking Heads.

His most recent film was Ricki and the Flash about a later-in-life rock and roll star (Meryl Streep) who has to return home to help her daughter (Mamie Gummer) after having abandoned them for her career years earlier.

When Demme started out in film, it was with Roger Corman's exploitation films in the 1970s, including Angels Hard as they Come and The Hot Box.

Demme was previously married to director-producer Evelyn Purcell. He is survived by second wife Joanne Howard and their three children: Ramona, Brooklyn and Jos.

About Bill Watters

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