Peter Bogdanovich, Oscar-nominated director of 'Last Picture Show,' dead at 82

'New Hollywood' filmmaker's personal life frequently in spotlight
Peter Bogdanovich dead at 82
Posted at 1:32 PM, Jan 06, 2022

Peter Bogdanovich, the ascot-wearing cinephile and director of 1970s black and white classics like "The Last Picture Show" and "Paper Moon," has died. He was 82.

Bogdanovich died early Thursday morning at this home in Los Angeles, his daughter Antonia Bogdanovich said. She said he died of natural causes.

Considered part of a generation of young "New Hollywood" directors, Bogdanovich was heralded as an auteur from the start.

He followed "The Last Picture Show" with the screwball comedy "What's Up, Doc?," starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal, and then the Depression-era road trip film "Paper Moon," which won 10-year-old Tatum O'Neal an Oscar.

His turbulent personal life was also often in the spotlight, from his well-known affair with Cybill Shepherd that began during the making of "The Last Picture Show" while he was married to his close collaborator, Polly Platt, to the murder of his Playmate girlfriend Dorothy Stratten and his subsequent marriage to her younger sister, Louise, who was 29 years younger than him.

Peter Bogdanovich and Cybill Shepherd in 2007
Peter Bogdanovich, director of the documentary film "Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers," and actress Cybill Shepherd pose together at the world premiere of the film, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif.

A native of New York, Bogdanovich started out as a film journalist and critic, working as a film programmer at the Museum of Modern Art, where through a series of retrospectives he endeared himself to a host of old guard filmmakers, including Orson Welles, Howard Hawks and John Ford.