Tuesday, January 22, 2013


 Michael Winner, the film director-turned restaurant critic and bon viveur who has died aged 77, was a cantankerous egomaniac who was always outspoken and never afraid to offend.
  His films, particularly the brutally violent Death Wish series, which he described as "an entertaining romp," stirred major controversies on both sides of the Atlantic
  In Who’s Who, Winner listed his hobbies and interests as “eating, being difficult, making table mats, washing silk shirts” and “doing Pilates badly”. He might have added “turning down honours”. He was offered an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2006 but rejected it, saying: “An OBE is what you get for cleaning the toilets well at King’s Cross Station.”

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