August 06, 2009

John Hughes - 2/18/1950 - 8/6/2009

This is a shock! He was so young. His movies came out at a pivotal time in my life. In my late teens and early 20's. I loved The Breakfast Club and watched it over and over again. And, of course had the CD with the Simple Minds "Don't You, Forget About Me". Mike and I were dating when we saw Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Pretty in Pink. Thanks for the happy memories John.

article here.

John Hughes, 59, dies of heart attack

The director-producer, best known for '80s hits like 'Pretty in Pink' and 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off,' died suddenly today while taking a walk in Manhattan.

By Ben Fritz
August 7, 2009

John Hughes, the screenwriter, producer and director whose films captured the teenage zeitgeist of the 1980s, died suddenly of a heart attack today in New York City. He was 59.

Hughes, best known for 1980s movies such as "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," was taking a morning walk in Manhattan where he was visiting family, according to a statement from his representatives.

In the 1990s, he wrote and produced the "Home Alone" series, creating a box-office phenomenon and turning Macaulay Culkin into a star.

"I was a fan of both his work and a fan of him as a person," Culkin said in a statement. "The world has lost not only a quintessential filmmaker whose influence will be felt for generations, but a great and decent man."

After writing and producing several '90s movies including "Dennis the Menace" and "Flubber," Hughes began distancing himself from Hollywood. Living in the Chicago area, he occasionally did screenplay work on films including "Maid in Manhattan" and "Drillbit Taylor" under the pen name Edmond Dantes (also the name of the protagonist from Alexandre Dumas' novel "The Count of Monte Cristo"), according to the Internet Movie Database. But he is understood to have spent most of his time focused on his four grandchildren.

Jake Bloom, Hughes' longtime attorney and closest contact in Hollywood, told The Times: "My family and I are deeply saddened and in shock. Our only goal is to support his family and make sure they are fine."

Along with his grandchildren, Hughes is survived by his wife Nancy and his two sons John and James.

Times staff writer Claudia Eller contributed to this report.

Posted by Valkyre at August 6, 2009 10:20 PM