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After this incredible run in TheSeventies, Ashby's career collapsed once TheEighties rolled around. Frequent battles over ExecutiveMeddling and rumors of [[ArtisticStimulation excessive drug use]][[note]]his biographer Nick Dawson agrees that Ashby had a fondness for recreational drugs but feels that the extent of his use was exaggerated to fit the image of an out-of-control eccentric by people who didn't like him.[[/note]] made it hard to find employment. After directing a few little-noticed big screen films and doing some television work, he decided to clean up his life and make an attempt at a comeback. Unfortunately, [[AuthorExistenceFailure he'd developed cancer and would pass away at the age of 59]].

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After this incredible run in TheSeventies, Ashby's career collapsed once TheEighties rolled around. Frequent battles over ExecutiveMeddling and rumors of [[ArtisticStimulation excessive drug use]][[note]]his biographer Nick Dawson agrees that Ashby had a fondness for recreational drugs but feels that the extent of his use was exaggerated to fit the image of an out-of-control eccentric by people who didn't like him.[[/note]] made it hard to find employment. After directing a few little-noticed big screen films and doing some television work, he decided to clean up his life and make an attempt at a comeback. Unfortunately, [[AuthorExistenceFailure he'd developed cancer and would pass away at the age of 59]].
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* RichBoredom: Several of Ashby's protagonists are wealthy people who find the strictures of upper class life confining and rebel against them: ''The Landlord'' (wealthy young white Long Island fop tries to [[VillainousGentrification gentrify]] a black Brooklyn neighborhood, only to develop empathy for the residents), ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' (wealthy young Californian stages fake suicides and gets into a relationship with an elderly woman), ''Film/{{Shampoo}}'' (Beverly Hills/Hollywood types engage in sexual shenanigans).

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* RichBoredom: Several of Ashby's protagonists are wealthy people who find the strictures of upper class life confining and rebel against them: ''The Landlord'' (wealthy young white Long Island fop tries to [[VillainousGentrification gentrify]] a black Brooklyn neighborhood, only to develop empathy for the residents), ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' (wealthy young Californian stages fake suicides and gets into a relationship with an elderly woman), ''Film/{{Shampoo}}'' (Beverly Hills/Hollywood types engage in sexual shenanigans).shenanigans), ''Film/BeingThere'' (a simpleminded gardener fascinates a bunch of D.C. movers-and-shakers, and the TrophyWife of one of them becomes sexually attracted to him).


Born and raised in Ogden, Utah, he moved to California in 1949, fed up with the harsh winter weather and drudgery he had to deal with working on a railroad construction crew in Wyoming. Taking a job at Universal Pictures in their printing department, he slowly moved up the Hollywood ladder to become a film editor. After editing several films for director Norman Jewison, including ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' (for which he won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward) and ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair'', Ashby moved into directing with 1970's ''The Landlord'' (produced by Jewison). A disappointment at the box office, ''The Landlord'' still garnered some good reviews, citing Ashby as a talent to watch, and even received an Oscar nomination (Lee Grant for Best Supporting Actress).

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Born and raised in Ogden, Utah, he moved to California in 1949, fed up with the harsh winter weather and drudgery he had to deal with working on a railroad construction crew in Wyoming. Taking a job at Universal Pictures in their printing department, he slowly moved up the Hollywood ladder to become a film editor. After editing several films for director Norman Jewison, including ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' (for which he won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward) and ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair'', ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair1968'', Ashby moved into directing with 1970's ''The Landlord'' (produced by Jewison). A disappointment at the box office, ''The Landlord'' still garnered some good reviews, citing Ashby as a talent to watch, and even received an Oscar nomination (Lee Grant for Best Supporting Actress).

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* ''Film/TheLastDetail'' (1973)


Hal Ashby (September 2, 1929 December 27, 1988) was one of the most acclaimed directors of the UsefulNote/NewHollywood era.

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Hal Ashby (September 2, 1929 December 27, 1988) was one of the most acclaimed directors of the UsefulNote/NewHollywood UsefulNotes/NewHollywood era.


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Hal Ashby (1929--1988) was one of the most acclaimed directors of the UsefulNote/NewHollywood era.

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Hal Ashby (1929--1988) (September 2, 1929 December 27, 1988) was one of the most acclaimed directors of the UsefulNote/NewHollywood era.

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* ProductionPosse: Frequently worked with Creator/JonVoight, Lee Grant, Jack Warden and David Clennon as actors, Creator/RobertTowne and Robert C. Jones as writers, and Charles Mulvehill as producer.

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* ConcertFilm: Directed ''Let's Spend the Night Together'' for Music/TheRollingStones and ''Solo Trans'' for Music/NeilYoung.


Born and raised in Ogden, Utah, he moved to California in 1949, fed up with the harsh winter weather and drudgery he had to deal with working on a railroad construction crew in Wyoming. Taking a job at Universal Pictures in their printing department, he slowly moved up the Hollywood ladder to become a film editor. After editing several films for director Norman Jewison, including ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' (for which he won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward) and ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair'', Ashby moved into directing with 1970's ''The Landlord'' (produced by Jewison).

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Born and raised in Ogden, Utah, he moved to California in 1949, fed up with the harsh winter weather and drudgery he had to deal with working on a railroad construction crew in Wyoming. Taking a job at Universal Pictures in their printing department, he slowly moved up the Hollywood ladder to become a film editor. After editing several films for director Norman Jewison, including ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' (for which he won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward) and ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair'', Ashby moved into directing with 1970's ''The Landlord'' (produced by Jewison).
Jewison). A disappointment at the box office, ''The Landlord'' still garnered some good reviews, citing Ashby as a talent to watch, and even received an Oscar nomination (Lee Grant for Best Supporting Actress).

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* UsefulNotes/AcademyAward: Won one for editing ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'', and his films from TheSeventies won a total of 7 (out of 24 nominations), including all four acting categories (Creator/JonVoight as Best Actor and Creator/JaneFonda as Best Actress in ''Film/ComingHome'', Lee Grant as Best Supporting Actress in ''Film/{{Shampoo}}'', Melvyn Douglas as Best Supporting Actor in ''Film/BeingThere''). ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' was his only 70s film to not get a nomination.


* CreatorCameo: Inspired by Creator/AlfredHitchcock, he often gave himself tiny, usually silent parts in his own films. In fact, he's in the very first shot of his debut film ''The Landlord'' (as the groom at a wedding; It was in fact filmed at Ashby's own RealLife wedding).

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* CreatorCameo: Inspired by Creator/AlfredHitchcock, he often gave himself tiny, usually silent parts in his own films. In fact, he's in the very first shot of his debut film ''The Landlord'' (as the groom at a wedding; It was in fact filmed at Ashby's own RealLife wedding).


* ''Film/BeingThere'' (1979)

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* ''Film/BeingThere'' (1979)(1979)

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* CreatorCameo: Inspired by Creator/AlfredHitchcock, he often gave himself tiny, usually silent parts in his own films. In fact, he's in the very first shot of his debut film ''The Landlord'' (as the groom at a wedding; It was in fact filmed at Ashby's own RealLife wedding).
* RichBoredom: Several of Ashby's protagonists are wealthy people who find the strictures of upper class life confining and rebel against them: ''The Landlord'' (wealthy young white Long Island fop tries to [[VillainousGentrification gentrify]] a black Brooklyn neighborhood, only to develop empathy for the residents), ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' (wealthy young Californian stages fake suicides and gets into a relationship with an elderly woman), ''Film/{{Shampoo}}'' (Beverly Hills/Hollywood types engage in sexual shenanigans).


After this incredible run in TheSeventies, Ashby's career collapsed once TheEighties rolled around. Frequent battles over ExecutiveMeddling and rumors of [[ArtisticStimulation excessive drug use]][[note]]his biographer Nick Dawson agrees that Ashby had a fondness for recreational drugs but feels that the extent of his use was exaggerated to fit the image of an out-of-control eccentric by people who didn't like him.[[/note]] made it hard to find employment. After directing a few little-noticed big screen films and doing some television work, he decided to clean up his life and make an attempt at a comeback. Unfortunately, he'd developed cancer and would pass away at the age of 59.

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After this incredible run in TheSeventies, Ashby's career collapsed once TheEighties rolled around. Frequent battles over ExecutiveMeddling and rumors of [[ArtisticStimulation excessive drug use]][[note]]his biographer Nick Dawson agrees that Ashby had a fondness for recreational drugs but feels that the extent of his use was exaggerated to fit the image of an out-of-control eccentric by people who didn't like him.[[/note]] made it hard to find employment. After directing a few little-noticed big screen films and doing some television work, he decided to clean up his life and make an attempt at a comeback. Unfortunately, [[AuthorExistenceFailure he'd developed cancer and would pass away at the age of 59.
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After this incredible run in TheSeventies, Ashby's career collapsed once TheEighties rolled around. Frequent battles over ExecutiveMeddling and rumors of [[ArtisticStimulation excessive drug use]][[note]]his biographer Nick Dawson agrees that Ashby had a fondness for recrational drugs but feels that the extent of his use was exaggerated to fit the image of an out-of-control eccentric by people who didn't like him.[[/note]] made it hard to find employment. After directing a few little-noticed big screen films and doing some television work, he decided to clean up his life and make an attempt at a comeback. Unfortunately, he'd developed cancer and would pass away at the age of 59.

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After this incredible run in TheSeventies, Ashby's career collapsed once TheEighties rolled around. Frequent battles over ExecutiveMeddling and rumors of [[ArtisticStimulation excessive drug use]][[note]]his biographer Nick Dawson agrees that Ashby had a fondness for recrational recreational drugs but feels that the extent of his use was exaggerated to fit the image of an out-of-control eccentric by people who didn't like him.[[/note]] made it hard to find employment. After directing a few little-noticed big screen films and doing some television work, he decided to clean up his life and make an attempt at a comeback. Unfortunately, he'd developed cancer and would pass away at the age of 59.

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