Helen Mirren among AFI honorees

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Helen Mirren, Clint Eastwood and "Little Miss Sunshine" continued to roll up accolades at the American Film Institute Awards in Los Angeles.

IFC Center to honor Altman's film career

NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- New York's IFC Center plans to celebrate the film career of director Robert Altman by airing all 27 of his films.

Eastwood's Iwo epics top AFI's 'moments'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Clint Eastwood's World War II films and O.J. Simpson's scrubbed book and TV deal are among the American Film Institute's "most significant" moments of 2006.

Director Robert Altman dead at 81

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Movie director Robert Altman has died at a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 81.

Hollywood Film Festival to honor Affleck

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The Hollywood Film Festival is set to honor Ben Affleck with its annual supporting actor of the year award. Daily Variety said that in addition to recognizing Affleck's performance in the film "Hollywoodland," the annual film festival will bestow its film

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Today is Saturday, July 29, the 210th day of 2006 with 155 to follow.
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Producer Ingo Preminger dead at 95

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) -- The producer of the Hollywood blockbuster, "MASH," Ingo Preminger, has died at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., at age 95.

Keillor never dreamed of 'Prairie' film

NEW YORK, June 11 (UPI) -- Garrison Keillor says he was surprised when Robert Altman told him he wanted to make a film based on "A Prairie Home Companion."

Stars sing on 'Prairie Home Companion'

LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) -- Lindsay Lohan, Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly and Lily Tomlin will all sing on the soundtrack to the movie "A Prairie Home Companion."

Robert Altman finally gets his Oscar

LOS ANGELES, March 5 (UPI) -- Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin Sunday night presented an honorary Academy Award to writer, director and producer Robert Altman.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2006 with 314 to follow.
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Robert Altman to get honorary Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- "M*A*S*H," "Nashville" and "The Player" director Robert Altman will receive an honorary Academy Award.

South by Southwest names film fest opener

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas, has chosen "A Prairie Home Companion" as its opening night film.

Picturehouse gets Keillor flick

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Picturehouse has acquired all North American rights to Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" directed by Robert Altman.

Justin Timberlake to take on London stage

LONDON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Justin Timberlake is crossing the big pond to star in a play at Kevin Spacey's London theater.
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Robert Altman
Actress Linda Carter married attorney Robert Altman on January 29, 1984 in a private ceremony attended by 250 guests. Wedding vows were recited at an undisclosed location in Hollywood attended by several celebrities. Miss Carter is 32 and Altman is 36. (UPI Photo/Glenn Wagnner/Files)

Robert Bernard Altman (February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director known for making films that are highly naturalistic, but with a stylized perspective. In 2006, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized his body of work with an Academy Honorary Award.

His films MASH, Nashville and McCabe and Mrs. Miller have been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Altman was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Helen (née Matthews), a Mayflower descendant from Nebraska, and Bernard Clement Altman, a wealthy insurance salesman and amateur gambler who came from an upper-class family. Altman's ancestry was German, English and Irish; his paternal grandfather, Frank Altman, Sr., changed the family name from "Altmann" to "Altman". Although he would not go on to practice Catholicism in later life, Altman had a strong Catholic upbringing. He was educated at Rockhurst High School, a Jesuit school in Kansas City, prior to joining the Army at the age of 18; over the course of World War II, Altman flew over 50 bombing missions in Borneo and the Dutch East Indies. Upon his discharge in 1946, Altman moved to California and worked in publicity for a company that had invented a tattooing machine designed for the identification of dogs. He entered filmmaking only as a whim, selling to RKO the script for the 1948 picture Bodyguard, which he co-wrote with George W. George. Altman's immediate success encouraged him to move to New York City, where he attempted to forge a career as a writer; he enjoyed little luck, however, and in 1949 he returned to Kansas City, accepting a job as a director and writer of industrial films for the Calvin Company. Here he had his first experiences working with film technology, as well as with actors.

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