‘La Cage aux Folles’ Director Edouard Molinaro Dead at 85

'La Cage aux Folles' Director Edouard Molinaro Dead at 85

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Filmmaker suffered lung failure

Edouard Molinaro, director of the 1978  French farce “La Cage aux Folles,” has died at age 85, the BBC reports.

According to the BBC, Molinaro died after suffering lung failure.

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French president Francois Hollande hailed Molinaro in a statement, saying that the filmmaker “possessed the talent for attracting a broad public to quality films.”

“La Cage,” about a gay couple's humorous effort to come off as straight, was remade as “The Birdcage” in 1996, with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams starring.

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Molinaro, who was nominated for an Academy Award for “La Cage aux Folles,” also directed “Oscar” and “My Uncle Benjamin” as well as 1980's “La Cage aux Folles II.”