Hollywood Remembers “Champion Of Cinema” Peter Bogdanovich: Francis Ford Coppola, Jeff Bridges, Barbra Streisand & More Weigh In

Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich on the set of 'Mask' Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

Tributes are pouring in after director and standard-bearer for classic Hollywood moviemaking Peter Bogdanovich died today at 82.

Francis Ford Coppola gave the following statement to Deadline:

Oh dear, a shock. I am devastated. He was a wonderful and great artist. I’ll never forgot attending a premiere for THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. I remember at its end, the audience leaped up all around me bursting into applause lasting easily 15 minutes. I’ll never forget although I felt I had never myself experienced a reaction like that, that Peter and his film deserved it. May he sleep in bliss for eternity, enjoying the thrill of our applause forever.

Last Picture Show star Jeff Bridges took to Twitter today and wrote, “My heart is broken…He’s left us with the gift of his incredible films and his insights on the filmmakers he so admired. I love you Peter.”

Barbra Streisand starred in the director’s 1972 comedy What’s Up Doc?. “Peter always made me laugh!” she wrote today in remembrance. “He’ll keep making them laugh up there too. May he rest in peace.”

Friend and fellow director Guillermo del Toro called Bogdanovich’s films “masterpieces” and asserted, “He single-handedly interviewed and enshrined the lives and work of more classic filmmakers than almost anyone else in his generation.”

Tatum O’Neal, who at 10 years old won an Oscar for her work in the director’s Paper Moon, posted a heartfelt message thanking him for making her feel safe on set. Cher also posted a remembrance. Read them here.

Writer-director Rod Lurie called Bogdanovich’s Saint Jack a “masterwork,” and credited him for inspiring his own filmmaking.

“In many ways, he was the North Star of my career,” wrote Lurie.

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