Norman Jewison, 1926-2024

As a measure of the significance of the career of filmmaker Norman Jewison, let us consider the following: After his death this month at age 97, is there a single living filmmaker who can boast of having directed Edward G. Robinson and Sidney Poitier, Doris Day and Steve McQueen, and Al Pacino and Cher?

Jewison, who died on Jan. 20, worked with each of those stars and many more. Many were nominated for Oscars — some won. That he called “action” on sets with such a range of performers is a testament to his longevity and, more importantly, his adaptability. Although Hollywood’s Golden Age was cresting by the time Jewison began directing in the early 1960s, he did not allow himself to be swept aside. Instead, the filmmaker made
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