Anthony Minghella

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Film Director, Playwright, Screenwriter (1954)
Tue May 25 2021
By   Sarthak

Relationship Timeline Of Anthony Minghella

Wife : Carolyn Choa
Anthony Minghella married toCarolyn Choa in 1985 Anthony Minghella Died in 2008

Have you watched the British-American epic romantic war drama, The English Patient? Well, the film is ranked as the 55th greatest British film of the 20th century. And the director who gave us this beautiful drama is none other than Anthony Minghella. Unfortunately, he passed away at 54 in 2008 due to a hemorrhage.

Throughout his career, Anthony won 11 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, and 4 Golden Globe Awards. Apart from The English Patient, some of his best movies include The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain, The Reader, etc.

Anthony Minghella Wife

Minghella was married twice in his life. His first wife was Yvonne Miller whom he met while they were both students. It is not known when they married but they divorced in 1985. Afterward, Anthony married Carolyn Jane Choa, a Hong-Kong-choreographer and dancer.

Anthony Mighella with his second wife, Carolyn Choa.
Image: Anthony Minghella was married to his second wife, Carolyn Choa from 1985 until he died in 2008.
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Minghella and his second wife, had two children, a son, and a daughter. Their first child, daughter, Hannah Minghella was born on March 24, 1979. Similarly, their second child, son, Max Minghella was born on September 16, 1986.

Wife Carolyn Choa is an Award-winning Choreographer

Carolyn Choa was born in Hong Kong, China. She studied at St. Paul’s Co-educational College, Hull University, and later the London School of Contemporary Dance.

Choa as a dancer has toured extensively in Europe, the UK, and the Far East. She has also performed in multiple seasons at the Royal Opera House and English National Opera.

Anthony Mighella and his wife, Carolyn Choa.
Image: Carolyn Choa, a Hong-Kong born choreographer first met her future husband while attending the University of Hull.

Additionally, Carolyn earned a nomination at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in 2009. She frequently collaborated with her late husband until his death. In 2006, the duo shared Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Contribution to Opera for Madama Butterfly.

Son Max and Daughter, Hannah Minghella

Both Hannah and Max have followed in their parents' footsteps. Hannah currently works as the head of motion pictures at American film director J.J. Abrams' production company Bad Robot.

Late Anthony and his second wife Carolyn had two kids.
Image: An old picture of Anthony with his wife and their kids.
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On the other hand, Max Minghella is an actor and filmmaker. He is known for starring as Nick Blaine in the Hulu drama series, The Handmaid's Tale, where Joseph Fiennes, Elisabeth Moss, and Yvonne Strahovski has leading roles.

Max has also starred in numerous American movies including Bee Season, The Social Network, The Internship, etc. Like his father, Max wants to become a director as well. In 2018, he made his directorial debut with a musical, Teen Spirit from his own screenplay.

Anthony Minghella's Net Worth

The Academy award-winning director, Anthony Minghella had a net worth of $15 million at the time of his death. He amassed a majority of his wealth as a film director, playwright, and screenwriter. Likewise, Minghella served as the Board of Governors at the British Film Institute between 2003-2007.

Watch the official trailer for The English Patient (1996), a critically acclaimed epic movie!

As per his will, the director left $9.98 million (£ 7.5 million) to his second wife, Carolyn. Further, Minghella left his daughter $26,633 ( £20,000) and a quarter of his work's royalties. However, Anthony's will didn't mention his son, Max. Similarly, Anthony left a gross estate of $10,031,055 (£7,531,190) which was reduced to $8.76 million after clearing debts.

Family Background

Anthony was born on January 6, 1954, in Ryde, Isle of Wight, England. His father, Edoardo Minghella was an Italian immigrant. His mother was Gloria Alberta. Minghella attended the University of Hull and studied drama.

Anthony had four siblings; three sisters, Gioia, Edana, and Loretta Minghella, alongside a brother named, Dominic Minghella.

Anthony Minghella Death

Minghella's death was both sudden and shocking. In early March 2008, he underwent an operation to remove the cancer of the tonsils and neck. Also, Anthony expected to recover and work. However, he died of a hemorrhage on March 18, 2008.

Minghella was active in the entertainment industry from 1981 until 2008. Throughout his 27 years of professional career, Anthony directed some of the best movies in the British film industry. In 2001, Minghella was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to film drama.

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