'Film director Robert Altman dies at age 81'
Altman was one of Hollywood's legendary figures
Robert Altman, acclaimed director of MASH, Nashville, Gosford Park and The Player, has died at the age of 81, his production company has announced.
A Hollywood maverick renowned for his improvisational style, he passed away in a Los Angeles hospital on Monday. A five-time best director nominee at the Academy Awards, he never won the movie industry's top honour. But he was given an honorary Oscar this year for "a career that has repeatedly reinvented the art form".