Magazine article Screen International

'Silence of the Lambs' Director Jonathan Demme Dies Aged 73

Magazine article Screen International

'Silence of the Lambs' Director Jonathan Demme Dies Aged 73

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By Screen staff

Filmmaker Jonathan Demme has died aged 73, his publicist has confirmed.

In a statement to Screen International they said:

?I would like to correct and clarify reports on Jonathan Demme?s death.

?Sadly, I can confirm that Jonathan passed away early this morning in his Manhattan apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanne Howard, and three children. He died from complications from esophageal cancer and is survived by his children Ramona, age 29, and her husband James Molloy, Brooklyn, age 26, and Jos, age 21.

?There will be a private family funeral. Any possible further plans will be announce later. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Americans For Immigrant Justice in Miami, FL. www.aijustice.org?

Demme?s most famous film was Silence Of The Lambs in 1991. It won five Oscars, including best picture and best director for Demme.

He also directed Philadelphia, which was praised for being the first mainstream film to tackle the AIDs crisis. …

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