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Norman Jewison Dies: ‘Fiddler On The Roof,’ ‘Moonstruck’ & ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ Director Was 97

By Tom Tapp

Norman Jewison, who directed Best Picture Oscar winner In the Heat of the Night and nominees Fiddler on the RoofA Soldier’s StoryMoonstruck and The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, also producing the latter four, died peacefully Saturday, January 20. He was 97.

Jewison’s film career spanned more than four decades and seven Oscar nominations — three for Best Director (In the Heat of the NightFiddler on the Roof and Moonstruck) and the four for Best Picture. His films received a total of 46 nominations and 12 Academy Awards. In 1999, Jewison was honored with the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Award at the Academy Awards. He also collected three Emmy Awards for his work in television.

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