This April 27, 2005 file photo shows Sir Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim as they arrive to attend the funeral of Sir John Mills in the church of St. Mary The Virgin in Denham. AFP PHOTO/Max Nash
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Richard Attenborough was a lord, an Oscar-winning director for the much-lauded "Gandhi" and an unflagging pillar to British cinema. But Attenborough, who died Sunday at 90, was best known as Dickie.Ben Kingsley, who shot to stardom for his performance as Mahatma Gandhi, recalled Attenborough's passionate 20-year struggle to bring Gandhi's story to the big screen. The film won eight Oscars, including best picture (over "E.T". In 1959, Attenborough joined fellow actor Bryan Forbes in film production.Together, Forbes and Attenborough produced "Whistle Down the Wind" in 1961 and "The L-Shaped Room" in 1962 . Their last film, 1964's "Seance on a Wet Afternoon," won Attenborough Best Actor awards from the London Film Critics and British Film Academy.Attenborough was often thought to be at his best when trying to coax the finest work from actors.Debra Winger was nominated for an Oscar and Anthony Hopkins gave one of his best performances in "Shadowlands," a small, subtle film that won Attenborough perhaps his greatest critical praise.
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