"Women in Love" director Ken Russell dies
By Mike Collett-White
LONDON (Reuters) - Ken Russell, the British director of "Women in Love" and "The Devils", has died at the age of 84.
His widow Elize said the famously provocative film maker passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday afternoon.
"It was completely unexpected," she said in a statement issued by his agent.
"He had recently agreed to direct the feature film Alice In Wonderland The Musical and he was working on the script and casting of that."
She added that Russell was keeping himself "very busy", and that she was "devastated" at his passing.
Russell began his directing career with the BBC and went on to make some of the most controversial and violent films of the 1960s and 70s.
Women in Love, a 1969 adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's novel, became infamous for its nude wrestling scene between actors Alan Bates and Oliver Reed.
The picture earned Russell an Oscar nomination for best director, and Glenda Jackson won a statuette for best actress. Continued...