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Retirement of a Legend

Daniel Day-Lewis, the only performer to have ever won three best actor Oscars, announced his retirement from acting

| Tanmoy Khan |

Most movie legends continue to work until their last breath, but Oscar-winning Hollywood actor Daniel Day- Lewis, one of the most acclaimed performers of his generation, has announced he is retiring. His spokeswoman has confirmed that the 60-year-old “will no longer be working as an actor”. Day-Lewis has earned a reputation of being a master of method acting known for being extremely selective about his roles. He is the only performer to have ever won three best actor Oscars. He earned a golden statuette for My Left Foot (1989), in which he plays writer and artist Christy Brown, who was confined to a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy. A second Oscar was won for There Will Be Blood (2008), in which he plays a fierce oilman. The Oscar was for the lead role in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2013). Day-Lewis had also earned Oscar nods for Gangs of New York and In the Name of the Father.

The actor’s last film is slated to hit theaters in December. The movie, which saw the actor reunite with There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson, is about 1950s London, with Day-Lewis playing a fashion designer. Born in London, Day-Lewis is the son of British poet Cecil Day- Lewis and actress Jill Balcon. He made his film debut in 1971 in Sunday Bloody Sunday but then turned to the stage. He appeared on screen again more than a decade later in 1982, when he landed his first adult role. His strong on-screen presence and remarkable range quickly set him apart, earning him praise from critics and audiences alike. He was said to be so deeply invested in his roles that he would stay in character even when not shooting - as was the case with Gangs of New York, when he kept the New York accent and would be seen sharpening his knives at lunch. He also reportedly listened to rapper Eminem to get into an angry mood for the role.

Apart from his Oscar performances, some of his most memorable other roles were in My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), A Room With a View (1985), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) and The Last of the Mohicans (1992). But despite his stardom the actor shied away from the limelight, remaining throughout his career notoriously reclusive. He took long stretches of time away from the glitz and glamor of Hollywood to be with his family in Ireland and to learn “rural skills”. During one such period in the late 1990s, while learning to be a cobbler in Florence, Italy, he was reportedly lured back to the US by producer Harvey Weinstein, director Martin Scorcese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio to take on the lead role in Gangs of New York. The actor is married to Rebecca Miller, the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller, a US actress and writer with whom he has two children. From 1989 to 1994 he had a tumultuous relationship with French actress Isabelle Adjani, with whom he has one son.

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