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Hal Ashby made seven classic films of the 1970s – including The Last Detail, Shampoo and Being There – but always remained an elusive figure. This charismatic man worked as an editor for years, was married five times, had a history of drug abuse and looked like a hippie biker. He also made beautiful films rich with daydreams and vulnerability, and never really fitted with old Hollywood. His film career faded in the 1980s and he died of cancer in 1988, leaving behind a wonderful, idiosyncratic film legacy.
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