I gasped a little when I saw this news on CNN tonight. Sydney Pollack died today. I wasn't aware that he was ill, and this was a bit of a shock.
Sydney gave us so many great movies, among them two of my favorites, Tootsie and Out of Africa, and was such a great talent. I actually loved to watch him on screen--even though I know he was known more as a director. This is just sad news--that he won't bring us any more memories on camera or behind the lens. What a loss.
I love this statement from George Clooney: "Sydney made the world a little better, movies a little better and even dinner a little better. A tip of the hat to a class act," actor George Clooney said in a statement issued by his publicist.
For more on Sydney Pollack's passing, read this article from the LA Times.
Also, on EW's website, a nice article of Sydney's 25 career milestones. What a career.
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