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Subject: Movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn Jr dies

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/14/15 at 2:22 am

Samuel Goldwyn Jr, a champion of independent film and son to one of the founding fathers of Hollywood cinema, has died aged 88.

Among his achievements, he was credited with giving Julia Roberts her big break in the 1988 comedy-drama, Mystic Pizza.

A confessed Anglophile, he financed and produced many British films including The Madness of King George, Truly Madly Deeply and Kenneth Branagh's Henry V.

He died from congestive heart failure, his son told the Los Angeles Times.

"The independent film business really began with Sam in the late 70s," said Tom Rothman, head of Sony's TriStar pictures.

"People forget how many filmmakers broke through because of him," he told Deadline Hollywood.

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