Michael Winner, a well known film director turned restaurant critic, died at the age of 77 on Monday at his London home. He had been sick for quite some time, battling the illness at home while being nursed by his wife Geraldine, a former dancer from several years ago who became popular on some of the largest stages in the world. Two years ago, the couple married, and have lived together in London.
When interviewed about the deceased, Geraldine said that a light had gone out in her life, and that the two had been very happy together until the end, when Winner passed away in his bed early that morning.
Many have paid their respects, talking about his career and the major accomplishments in his life, along with how they knew each others. John Cleese, another well known actor, talked of Winner as the dearest and funniest friend, the most generous person he knew. In his issued statement he said that he would be terribly missed.
His film career started over 50 years ago and spanned many different types and genres. He directed over 30 films, including some well known names like Death Wish. He also worked with some known names in the industry, like Marlon Brando and Robert Mitchum, but lately he became known for his second career, that of a restaurant critic.
There, he wrote a column for the Sunday Times about local restaurants and food. He had a flamboyant style, popular among the readers. The column, Winner’s Dinners, had been running for over 20 years and was described as humorous and very frank.