William Hurt, the great actor who won the 1986 Academy Award for Kiss of the Spider Woman, died today, aged 71, of natural causes. His family announced it to the US media.
Hurt’s film debut dates back to 1980 with Ken Russell’s film States of Hallucination, followed by Hot Thrill. In 1985 he won, in addition to the Oscar, he won the award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival, and the BAFTA in the same category with the role of Luis Molina, the homosexual prisoner in The Kiss of the Spider Woman by Hector Babengo. He receives two more Oscar nominations for Randa Haines ‘Children of a Lesser God (1986) and James L. Brooks’ Inside the News (1987). Other successful performances include Lawrence Kasdan’s Turista per chance (1988), Woody Allen’s Alice (1990) alongside Mia Farrow, Steven Spielberg’s AI – Artificial Intelligence (2001), presented out of competition at the 58th Venice Film Festival.
In 1971 he married actress Mary Beth Supinger from whom he divorced in 1981, the year in which he began his relationship with the dancer Sandra Jennings. From this union was born the daughter Alex, but the two separated in a stormy way in 1984. In 1989 she married Heidi Henderson, from whom she divorced in 1992 and with whom she had two children. After a brief relationship with the deaf-mute actress Marlee Matlin (his partner on the set of Children of a Lesser God) he was linked for a time to actress Sandrine Bonnaire, with whom he had a daughter.
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