Prague (Czech Republic) (AFP) – Here are key dates in the life of Czech-born US film director Milos Forman, who died on Friday aged 86.
– February 18, 1932: Jan Tomas Forman is born in Caslav in the former Czechoslovakia.
– 1940: His parents, members of the resistance against the Nazis, are deported to the Buchenwald and Auschwitz concentration camps where they die.
– 1950s: Meets future Czech president Vaclav Havel at school, later enrolling at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague to study screenwriting.
– 1958-62: Married to actress Jana Brejchova.
– 1964: Marries Vera Kresadlova. They have twin boys.
– 1968: Flees Czechoslovakia just before a Soviet crackdown on the Prague Spring uprising. Moves to Paris and then New York.
– 1976: Wins his first Oscar for best director for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, set in a US psychiatric hospital.
– 1977: Naturalised as a US citizen.
– 1985: Earns second best director Oscar for his fictionalised biography of Mozart, “Amadeus”.
– 1999: Marries his third wife, screenwriter Martina Zborilova with whom he has another set of twin sons.