‘Silence of the Lambs’ director Jonathan Demme dies of cancer

April 26, 2017 By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jonathan Demme, the eclectic movie director whose work ranged from thrillers like “The Silence of the Lambs” to documentaries on leading musicians, died early on Wednesday of complications from esophageal cancer, his publicist said. The 73-year-old director of ground-breaking AIDS movie “Philadelphia” died in his Manhattan apartment surrounded by his wife, Joanne Howard, and three children, publicist Annalee Paulo said in a statement. Demme’s most recent feature film was the 2015 comedy “Ricki and the Flash,” starring Meryl Streep as…

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