Michael Winner
Englsih film director
Michael Winner
Michael Robert Winner is an English retired film director and producer, now known as a food critic for the Sunday Times.
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£10k Reward After Winner's Widow Attacked - Sky News
Google News - about 1 year
Telegraph.co.uk £10k Reward After Winner's Widow Attacked Sky News Police launch an appeal after Michael Winner's widow was hit on the head with an iron bar and tied up by "a lone female" robber. 01:55, UK, Sunday 13 December 2015. Michael Winner and his wife Geraldine Lynton-Edwards attend the press night for Shrek ... Images of woman thought to be behind Geraldine Winner attack issuedThe Guardian Michael Winner's widow to make Crimewatch appeal over 'traumatic' attackTelegraph.co.uk £10000 reward after michael winner's widow robbed in her own homeDaily Mail all 14 news articles »
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Michael Winner's widow hit with iron bar in house raid - The Guardian
Google News - over 1 year
The Guardian Michael Winner's widow hit with iron bar in house raid The Guardian The widow of film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner was beaten with an iron bar during a burglary at her home. Geraldine Winner, 73, was taken to hospital after she was attacked when a man and a woman broke into her home in Knightsbridge, ... Michael Winner's widow beaten with iron bar during raid at her homeBelfast Telegraph Michael Winner's widow Geraldine in hospital after attackITV News all 16 news articles »
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Michael Winner, 'Death Wish' director, dies
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Michael Winner, 'Death Wish' director, dies Los Angeles Times Copyright 2013 Los Angeles Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 4:47 pm, Tuesday, January 22, 2013 British film director Michael Winner, whose vigilante thriller "Death Wish" painted a grim portrait of crime-plagued, 1970s New York, has died. [...] Death Wish" became a surprise hit, earning $22 million at the box office and spawning four increasingly grisly sequels over the next 20 years, two of which Mr. Winner directed. Born in London in 1935, Mr. Winner specialized in grungy action movies like "Death Wish," including the original, 1972 version of "The Mechanic," which also starred Bronson, this time as an aging hit man, and 1973's "Scorpio," in which Burt Lancaster played a retiring assassin.
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‘Death Wish’ Director Michael Winner Dies at 77
Wall Street Journal - about 4 years
The director of “Death Wish,” Michael Winner, passed away in London at 77 years old.
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'Death Wish' director Michael Winner dies aged 77
The Times of India - about 4 years
Flamboyant British film director Michael Winner, best known for the "Death Wish" series of the 1970s and 80s, died at his London home on Monday. He was 77.
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Michael Winner, the director of the "Death Wish" films has died aged 77.
Reuters.com - about 4 years
British film director and producer Michael Winner has died at the age of 77. Rollo Ross Reports
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Michael Winner researching assisted suicide
3 News - over 4 years
Retired director Michael Winner has considered ending his life at a euthanasia clinic after doctors told him he has just 18 months to live.
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Lawyer of the Month: April Reader Poll
Above The Law - almost 5 years
Who should be April’s Lawyer of the Month? Vote in our reader poll! Continue reading » Follow Above the Law on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook. Tags: Attorney Misconduct, Bad Ideas, Biglaw, Contests, Crime, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Drinking, Etsy, Howard Roy Schechter, Howard Schechter, Kristine Ragan, Law Clerks, Lawyer of the Day, Lawyer of the Month, Louisville School of Law, Mercer Law School, Michael S. Winner, Michael Stuart Winner, Michael Winner, Pro Boner, Pro Bono, Reader Polls, Rudeness, SCOTUS, Screw-Ups, Steve A. Filarsky, Steve Filarsky, Steven Davis, Steven H. Davis, Supreme Court
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Lawyer Busted in Jail Sex Case; Man Killed Crossing Austell Rd.; Rescued I-75 Dog Recovers
Marietta Patch - almost 5 years
Sunday, April 29 Marietta Man Killed Crossing Austell Rd. As in other recent pedestrian deaths in Cobb County, Arthur Horne walked outside a crosswalk. Shreiner Academy Goes Green Students from around Cobb County celebrated Earth Day this week. Last Chance: Military Academy Day Sign up by Monday at 5 p.m. to get a hands-on demonstration of military opportunities and learn about applying for and attending one of the military service academies. Saturday, April 28 Lawyer Busted in Cobb Jail Sex Case Michael Winner is accused of trading drugs and legal aid for views of breasts and promises of more. Museum Mice Take Preschoolers on Adventures Through History Based on programs by the Smithsonian Institute’s Early Enrichment Center, the Marietta Museum of History explores history with the Museum Mice Tours. Friday, April 27 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Rocks Ride to School And a viral YouTube video rockets Marietta dad Robby Parker and his three kids to multi ...
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Virgin Atlantic tip-off allegations put workings of media back in spotlight
Guardian (UK) - almost 5 years
Leveson inquiry urged to examine secret trade in private information that fuels the paparazzi They are the secret tip-offs at the heart of the paparazzi. Far from the heavily trailed showbiz parties and red-carpet events, the lifeline of most celebrity snappers is a confidential network of sources privy to the movements of the latest tabloid fodder. From its alleged secret source inside Virgin Atlantic, the London-based paparazzi agency Big Pictures was apparently treated to the planned travel movements of everyone from British royalty to global pop stars including Madonna, Rihanna and Debbie Harry. In a string of informal emails sent last year, and seen by the Guardian, Big Pictures appears to have been supplied with information about the precise Virgin Atlantic flight details of around 70 top celebrities. The scale of the alleged breach of privacy, apparently including travel plans for Princess Beatrice last year, will throw the spotlight back on to the alleged illicit trade of ...
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It was an honour to turn down my gong: Why MICHAEL WINNER (MA) said no to an OBE - twice!
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
A few years ago, the film director was offered an OBE by then Prime Minister Tony Blair. He wrote on the paper: ‘I will continue my good work unrewarded.’ And sent it back.
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BBC Radio 2 Celebrates Christmas with Comedy and Music Selection Box
News On News - over 5 years
BBC Radio 2 will be celebrating Christmas in style with a veritable feast of star names, music and comedy. A series of programmes will look back at the stories behind some of the most iconic Christmas songs including The Story of White Christmas, an exploration of how one song revolutionised Christmas, hosted by actor Martin Sheen and the tale behind another Christmas classic - The Fairytale Of New York - presented by Dermot O’Leary. Kylie Minogue pays a very personal tribute to jazz artist Blossom Dearie in Kylie On Blossom, while much-loved tenor Alfie Boe joins Radio 2 to host a show dedicated to the songs that have most influenced him. West End star Justin Lee Collins makes an appearance on Christmas Day with his lounge music special. And Craig Charles also looks at the soulful side of yuletide songs, playing some festive soul favourites. Christmas comedy comes in the form of seasonal stalwart David Jason as he hosts David Jason’s Comedy Xmas, examining festive televi ...
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Michael Winner is poisoned by dinner
Daily Mail (UK) - over 5 years
Food critic <a class="fplink fp-195956" href="/michael+winner">Michael Winner</a>, 75, collapsed with an E.coli infection after eating steak tartare and was taken to casualty at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital by ambulance.
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Calm Down Dear, It's Only An Epic Liverpool v Bolton Wanderers Preview… - Sabotage Times
Google News - over 5 years
So Michael Winner didn&#39;t get down on one knee when he proposed to what must be one of the bravest (or barmiest?) women in the country recently as he feared he might not have been able to get up again? Well I&#39;m willing to bet he&#39;d have moved a damned
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Winner
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 77
    Winner died at his home, Woodland House in Holland Park, on 21 January 2013, aged 77.
    More Details Hide Details Winner was buried following a traditional Jewish funeral at Willesden Jewish Cemetery. Winner claimed during his lifetime to be worth £75 million, with £25m in offshore bank accounts and his home worth an additional £50m. But on his death his bank accounts were frozen, and a formal investigation of his affairs began. During this, it emerged that Winner had been supporting two former lovers, both of whom had been provided with living expenses and accommodation. The financial assistance extended also to his long-term personal assistant, the former Miss Great Britain Dinah May. After investigations, it was revealed that Winner's total estate was actually worth £16.8m, with total outstanding debts of £12m. In his will, Winner had left his wife a lump sum of £5m, but the residual estate was only worth £4.75m. His former wife, P.A. and lovers engaged probate lawyers to contest the will and their sums due from it. However, it then emerged that none of the newspapers that reported the aforementioned information about Michael's beneficiaries were correct and that they included only probate information from UK assets when Michael Winner was on record as stating that he had substantial assets in Guernsey. When Guernsey probate was later added, Michael had left a total of £50m and this was more than enough to provide for all his beneficiaries in full while leaving a substantial balance to the Police Memorial Trust.
  • 2012
    Age 76
    In an interview with The Times newspaper, Winner said liver specialists had told him in summer 2012 that he had between 18 months and two years to live.
    More Details Hide Details He said he had researched assisted suicide offered at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, but found the bureaucracy of the process off-putting.
  • 2011
    Age 75
    In September 2011, Winner was also admitted to hospital with food poisoning after eating steak tartare, a raw meat dish, four days in a row.
    More Details Hide Details The dish is not recommended for those with a weak immune system and in retrospect Winner regarded his decision to eat it as "stupid".
  • 2007
    Age 71
    On 1 January 2007, Winner acquired the bacterial infection Vibrio vulnificus from eating an oyster in Barbados.
    More Details Hide Details He almost had a leg amputated and verged on the brink of death several times. Before recovering, Winner was infected with the "hospital superbug" MRSA.
    Winner became engaged to Geraldine Lynton-Edwards in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details They had met in 1957 when he was a 21-year-old film-maker and she was a 16-year-old actress and ballet dancer. He stated "I have told Geraldine that it took me 72 years to get engaged so she's not to hold her breath for the marriage". However, they did marry, on 19 September 2011 at Chelsea Town Hall, London. Michael and Shakira Caine were witnesses to the ceremony. Winner lived in the former home of painter Luke Fildes in Holland Park, Woodland House, designed for Fildes by Richard Norman Shaw. It was announced in 2008 that Winner intended to leave his house as a museum, but discussions with Kensington and Chelsea council apparently stalled after they were unable to meet the £15 million cost of purchasing the freehold of the property, which expires in 2046.
  • 2006
    Age 70
    His autobiography Winner Takes All: A Life of Sorts was published by Robson Books in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The book largely describes his experiences with many big-screen actors. He also wrote a dieting book, The Fat Pig Diet Book. He also featured in TV commercials that he himself directed for insurance company esure between 2002 and 2009, with his trade-mark catchphrase "Calm down, dear! It's just a commercial!". He is referred to repeatedly in the QI episode "Illness". Winner was an outspoken character. He was a member of the Conservative Party and supporter of prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Winner was also praised for having progressive views on gay rights, in particular during an episode of Richard Littlejohn Live and Uncut, where he attacked the presenter (who had been in the midst of an attack on two lesbian guests) for his stance on same-gender marriage and parenting, going so far as to say to him "they have come across with considerable dignity and you have come across as an arsehole." After Winner's death, this moment was brought up many times in eulogies to him.
    In 2006, it was revealed that Winner had been offered but declined an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his part in campaigning for the Police Memorial Trust.
    More Details Hide Details Winner remarked "An OBE is what you get if you clean the toilets well at King's Cross Station." Winner subsequently alleged (on his Twitter page) that he had also turned down a knighthood. Winner remained prominent in British life for other reasons, including his outspoken restaurant reviews. His fame as a restaurant critic was such that, at a Cornwall cafe, an unconsumed piece of his serving of lemon drizzle cake was incorporated into the Museum of Celebrity Leftovers. Winner wrote his column, "Winner's Dinners", in The Sunday Times for more than twenty years. On 2 December 2012 he announced that he was to contribute his last review because of poor health, which had put him in hospital eight times in the previous seven months. He was a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions and later appeared on television programmes including the BBC TV’s Question Time and Have I Got News for You. He was an honorary member of BAFTA and of the Directors Guild of Great Britain.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1994
    Age 58
    In 1994 he appeared as a guest artist alongside Joan Collins, Christopher Biggins and Marc Sinden (who in 1983 had appeared in Winner's The Wicked Lady) in Steven Berkoff's film version of his own play Decadence.
    More Details Hide Details Winner was an active proponent of law enforcement issues and established the Police Memorial Trust after WPC Yvonne Fletcher was murdered in 1984. Thirty-six local memorials honouring police officers who died in the line of duty have been erected since 1985, beginning with Fletcher's in St. James's Square, London. The National Police Memorial, opposite St. James's Park at the junction of Horse Guards Road and The Mall, was also unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 26 April 2005.
  • 1988
    Age 52
    He directed adaptations of the Alan Ayckbourn musical play A Chorus of Disapproval with Anthony Hopkins and the Agatha Christie novel Appointment with Death in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details After Cannon Films entered bankruptcy, Winner confined himself to British productions with the Michael Caine and Roger Moore farce Bullseye! (1990), Dirty Weekend (1993) starring Lia Williams, and Parting Shots (1999).
  • FORTIES
  • 1985
    Age 49
    Winner made a final splash, however, with Death Wish 3 in 1985, which was set in New York City but filmed mostly in London for budgetary reasons.
    More Details Hide Details Winner's output declined after Death Wish 3.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1974
    Age 38
    By the early 1980s, Winner found himself in great need of a successful film and accepted Charles Bronson's request to film Death Wish II, a sequel to the 1974 hit.
    More Details Hide Details Bronson had already signed a lucrative deal with Cannon Films, independent producer of exploitation fare and marginal art house titles. The sequel, co-starring Bronson's wife Jill Ireland, is considered a rehash of Death Wish with violence raised to more graphic levels. As with fellow British director J. Lee Thompson, Cannon Films became Winner's mainstay during the 1980s. His reputation was already on the decline before releasing two failures, a remake of The Wicked Lady (1983) with Faye Dunaway and the generic thriller Scream for Help (1984).
    In 1974, Winner and Bronson collaborated on Death Wish, a film that defined the subsequent careers of both men.
    More Details Hide Details Based on a novel by Brian Garfield and adapted to the screen by Wendell Mayes, Death Wish was originally planned for director Sidney Lumet under contract with United Artists. The commitment of Lumet to another film and UA's questioning of its subject matter led to an eventual production by Dino De Laurentiis through Paramount Pictures. Death Wish tracks Paul Kersey, a liberal New York architect who becomes a gun-wielding vigilante after his wife is murdered and daughter is raped. With a script adjusted to Bronson's persona, the film generated major controversy during its screenings and was one of the year's highest grossers. Following the release of Death Wish, Winner became primarily known as an action film director. Most of his attempts to branch into other genres failed at the box office. In 1975 Winner directed Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (released 1976), an animal comedy starring Bruce Dern, Madeline Kahn, Art Carney, and Milton Berle. Also of modest success was his horror film The Sentinel (1977), the remake of Raymond Chandler's novel The Big Sleep (1978), and the organized crime thriller Firepower (1979) with Sophia Loren.
  • 1972
    Age 36
    The turning point came in 1972, as he first directed Marlon Brando in The Nightcomers, a prequel to The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, then made his earliest efforts with box office star Charles Bronson in Chato's Land, recounting a mixed race American Indian fighting with Whites, and The Mechanic, a thriller in which professional assassins are depicted.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Winner cast Lancaster again in the espionage drama Scorpio, and worked with Bronson on The Stone Killer, in collaboration with producer Dino De Laurentiis.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 25
    After releasing family drama Old Mac and a mystery called Out of the Shadow in 1961, Winner brushed with Gilbert and Sullivan, writing the screenplay and directing a version of The Mikado titled The Cool Mikado (1962), starring Frankie Howerd which was produced by Harold Baim.
    More Details Hide Details It was preceded by the Billy Fury-led musical Play It Cool (1962) and comedy short Behave Yourself (1962). His first significant project was West 11 (1963), a realistic tale of London drifters starring Alfred Lynch. Winner's film The System (1964) began a partnership with actor Oliver Reed that would last for six films over a 25-year period. Winner and Reed closed out the 1960s as a pair with The Jokers (1967, also starring Michael Crawford), comedy-drama I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967), and the World War II satire Hannibal Brooks (1969). A non-Reed comedy, You Must Be Joking! (1965) with Denholm Elliott, and an ambitious Olympic drama, The Games, (1970) were also made. Hannibal Brooks drew notice in Hollywood and Winner soon received an opportunity to direct his first American film, which was Lawman (1971) starring Burt Lancaster and Robert Duvall.
  • 1960
    Age 24
    Winner's first project as a lead director involved another story he wrote, Shoot to Kill, in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details He would regularly edit his own movies, using the pseudonym "Arnold Crust". In the early 1960s, Winner's films followed fashion. His second project, Some Like It Cool (1961), is the tale of a young woman who introduces her prudish husband and in-laws to the joys of nudism. Filmed at Longleat, he was afraid the sight of bare flesh would offend the magistrate for the area so he confided his worries to the landowner. ‘Don’t worry,’ said the Marquess, ‘I am the local magistrate.’
  • 1959
    Age 23
    Winner's first credit on a cinema short was Associate Producer on the 1959 film Floating Fortress produced by Harold Baim.
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  • 1958
    Age 22
    His first on-screen credit was earned as a writer for the 1958 crime film Man with a Gun directed by Montgomery Tully.
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  • 1957
    Age 21
    He began his screen career as an assistant director of BBC television programmes, cinema shorts, and full-length "B" productions, occasionally writing screenplays. In 1957 he directed his first travelogue, This is Belgium, shot largely on location in East Grinstead.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1955
    Age 19
    The first issue of Showgirl Glamour Revue in 1955 has him writing another film and showbusiness gossip column, "Winner's World".
    More Details Hide Details Such jobs allowed him to meet and interview several leading film personalities, including James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. He also wrote for the New Musical Express.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1935
    Born
    Born in 1935.
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