Saul Zaentz, Who Produced Three Best Picture Oscar Winners -- and Who Had a Notorious Feud with Rock 'n' Roller John Fogerty -- Dies at 92 THR, NY Times
"Saul Zaentz, 92, who parlayed a successful career in the music business into an Oscar-winning second act as an independent movie producer, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at his home in the San Francisco area from complications of Alzheimer's," reports our good friend Duane Byrge and Mike Barnes on the website of The Hollywood Reporter.
The story reports: "After presenting such major acts as Creedence Clearwater Revival on his Fantasy Records label, Zaentz moved into producing and shared three Academy Awards for best picture -- for 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest' (1975), 'Amadeus' (1984) and 'The English Patient' (1996).
"Zaentz then received the Irving G. Thalberg Award in 1997 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his 'consistently high quality of motion picture production.' "
For years Zaentz and the Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty were involved in acrimonious lawsuits.