Academy-Winning Director Dies

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Los Angeles (AP) His publicist says academy award-winning director Sydney Pollack was surrounded by family when he died at his home in Los Angeles yesterday. Pollack, who was 73, had cancer.

Today he's being remembered not just as a Hollywood legend, but for also being what George Clooney calls a “class act” who made the world, movies, and even dinner just a little better.

Sally field says it was a gift to work with him. Pollack directed her in 1981's “Absence Of Malice,” which won her a golden globe nomination.

Pollack's credits include the comedy “Tootsie” and the period drama “Out of Africa.”

His last screen appearance as an actor was in “Made Of Honor,” a romantic comedy currently in theaters. Last fall, he played Marty Bach opposite George Clooney in “Michael Clayton,” which Pollack also co-produced. The film received seven Oscar nominations, including best picture and a best actor nod for Clooney.