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The October update of the American National Biography features five new essays, including influential filmmaker Miloš Forman; astronaut and artist Alan Bean; David L. Bazelon, the Chief Justice of the D. C. Circuit Court for two decades; computer teaching pioneer Terry Giffel; and Gerald Phillips, speech communication teacher and researcher.
Miloš Forman (1932–2018) won the Academy Award for best director for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984). In 2013, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America. Forman identified with the vulnerable outsider, and his life and art capture the struggles for freedom central to the human experience.