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Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director of 'Silence of the Lambs,' dies at 73

Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director of 'Silence of the Lambs,' dies at 73

Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme has died of cancer complications, his publicist told Variety. The Associated Press also confirmed his death. He was 73 years old.

Demme is best known for directing "The Silence of the Lambs," the 1991 horror-thriller that was a box office smash and a critical triumph. The story of an FBI analyst (Jodie Foster) who uses a charismatic serial killer (Anthony Hopkins) to track a murderer became only the third film in history to win Academy Awards in all the top five categories ( picture, actor, actress, director, and adapted screenplay), joining the ranks of "It Happened One Night" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's...

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