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Vale – Howard Zieff

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Howard Zieff - 1927-2008

With the Academy Awards taking up much of our time over the last few days, we missed our opportunity to pay tribute to Hollywood director Howard Zieff, the man most famous for killing Macauley Culkin in My Girl, and getting Goldie Hawn into army fatigues in Private Benjamin.

He began his career as a commercial photographer in New York in the 50’s and 60’s, becoming well known for his unique advertising campaigns.

His feature films include The Main Event, Unfaithfully Yours, Private Benjamin, and the two My Girl films. According to his bio, Zieff retired from directing after the completion of My Girl 2, as he became increasingly debilitated with Parkinson’s Disease, the effects of which eventually claimed his life on Feb 22, aged 81.

We felt it prudent to bring this information to you considering the reverence many of our female readers give to the My Girl films.

Vale, Howard Zieff.

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Normally detesting these kinds of bios, Rodney's keen love of film more often outclasses his ability to write convincingly about them. Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman. As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney's love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.