A Director Who Aimed for the Stars

I've known Sydney Pollack for almost a half-century. We met on a film in 1960. He was an actor; I was an actor. He and I became kindred spirits. Like any novice artists starting out, we decided that we knew everything that was wrong about the production. So that's how it started. We collaborated together [on seven films, including Out of Africa and The Way We Were] because I was always happy to be the actor to his director. I trusted him.

Because of where he was from--South Bend, Ind.--he had a real love of pop culture and celebrity. He used...

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