Oscar-Winner Kurt Luedtke dies at 80


11th August 2020: Oscar winner screenwriter of ‘Out Of Africa’, Kurt Luedtke has died at the age of 80.

According to reports, Screenwriter Kurt Luedtke, known for his Oscar-winning adapted screenplay ‘Out of Africa’, died on Sunday. He was 80.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Luedtke, who worked at the newspaper during the 1960s and ’70s, passed away after a long illness in a Michigan hospital.

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His first Hollywood screenplay was ‘Absence of Malice’, the Paul Newman- and Sally Field-led drama directed by Sydney Pollack about a prosecutor’s plans to get back at a local paper for a seemingly false story.

His Hollywood project ‘Out Of Africa’ earned him an Oscar Award in 1986. The movie won a total of seven Academy Awards, including the Best Picture prize.

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The screenwriter’s second venture with Pollack starred Meryl Streep and Robert Redford as lovers in 20th century colonial Kenya.

Luedtke’s final writing project, once again with Pollack, was the Harrison Ford-starrer ‘Random Hearts’. The 1999 film features Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas as a man and woman whose love lives are more intertwined than they’d like.

He is survived by his wife Eleanor.

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