Norman Jewison, the renowned Canadian-born director, has left us at the age of 97. His Hollywood repertoire ranged from delightful Doris Day comedies to the captivating “Moonstruck” and socially significant dramas like the Oscar-winning “In the Heat of the Night.”
A three-time Oscar nominee, Jewison received the prestigious Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999. News of his peaceful passing on Saturday was shared by publicist Jeff Sanderson, though additional details are yet to emerge.
Throughout his career, Jewison made movies that mixed light entertainment with important topics that meant a lot to him personally. When he finished his time in the Canadian navy during World War II, he traveled through the American South and saw Jim Crow segregation up close. This experience deeply affected him, and themes of racism and injustice often appeared in his films.