Ronald Neame, Director of The Poseidon Adventure, Dies at 99
Ronald Neame, the Oscar-nominated British filmmaker whose credits include The Poseidon Adventure and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, has died. He was 99.
Neame died Wednesday at a Los Angeles hospital, his wife, Donna, told The Associated Press. He had suffered a fall six weeks ago.
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The son of photographer Edwin Neame and actress Ivy Close, Neame first broke into the business as a cinematographer on Alfred Hitchock's 1929 film, Blackmail, the first British movie made with sound.
Neame eventually segued into producing, directing and screenwriting. He earned three Oscar nominations: one for special effects on 1942's One of Our Aircraft Is Missing and two for co-writing Brief Encounter (1945) and Great Expectations (1946). Both screenwriting nominations were shared with director David Lean and producer Anthony Havelock-Allan.
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He went on to direct 1969's critically acclaimed The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which won Maggie Smith her first Oscar, but he enjoyed his greatest box-office success with the 1972 disaster film The Poseidon Adventure. Neame named the film his favorite because it gave him enough "F.U. money" to retire, he told the British Film Institute in 2003.
Neame's last full-length film, Foreign Body, was released in 1986.
Neame is survived by his second wife, Donna; a son from his first marriage, Christopher Neame, a film producer; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.