Leaving journalism for Hollywood, Academy Award winner Kurt Lloyd died Sunday in Michigan after a long illness for his screenplay “Outside Africa.” He is 80 years old.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan died at Beaumont Hospital in the local Royal Oak. He worked for a newspaper starting in 1965, and 19 in that city. Was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 19th Deadly Riot Paper. He became its executive editor at the age of 33 before embarking on a career as a screenwriter.
Loudtech was able to sell Orion his idea about a wine warehouse owner whose life was almost destroyed by a reporter relying on a destructive source. The film became Sidney Pollack’s “Absence of Mallis”, starring Paul Newman, Sally Field, Melinda Dillon and Wilford Brimley, nominated Newman for the Academy Award for Best Actor, Dillon backed the actress and Lewdott for the original screenplay.
Lwidtech teamed up with Pollack again and wrote the screenplay for 1985’s “Outside Africa” based on Karen Blixen’s book Isaac Dinsen about her life in Kenya in the early twentieth century. Starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, “Outside Africa” won seven Oscars in 1986, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture and Best Director for Pollack.
Lwidtech partnered with Pollack for the third time for the 1999 “Random Hearts” starring Harrison Ford and Christine Scott Thomas, and adapted the thriller from the Warren Adler novel.
He also worked on the first versions of the script with Stephen Spielberg’s “For Schindler’s List” and “Rain Man” with Pollack before turning to Barry Levinson’s project. Despite his success in the industry, the screenwriter chose to stay in Michigan and refused to move to California.
Lutet is survived by his wife, Eleanor, who married him when they were both in the Miami Herald before joining the Free Press.