21 January 2013
Last updated at 17:28
Director Michael Winner, who has died at the age of 77, will probably be best known for making the 1970s Death Wish movies but his life became much more wide-ranging than cinema as he later branched out into food criticism and TV work, all recounted in his autobiography, which he brought out in 2010.
Michael Winner began his movie career in the early 1960s after graduating from Cambridge with a law degree and trying out journalism. One of his early films was Cool Mikado, a musical starring comedians Frankie Howerd and Tommy Cooper and produced by Harold Baim (right).
Winner went on to work with - and become friends with - many more well-known actors and actresses, such as British screen siren Diana Dors, whom he directed in the film West 11 in 1963.
Screen icon Marlon Brando was another of the stars Michael Winner worked with, directing him in the 1972 thriller Nightcomers, for which Brando was nominated for a best actor Bafta. Winner counted the temperamental actor as one of his close friends.
In his later years, Winner was celebrated as a bon viveur and food lover and went on to become a Sunday Times food critic, writing a column called Winner's Dinners. He also later dabbled in TV, such as taking part in the BBC show Celebrity Sleepover, in which famous names spent the night in the homes of members of the public.
Another show he appeared in was the BBC drama series Hotel Babylon, in which he played himself. In the late 2000s, Michael Winner began to suffer from a series of health problems, the first of which was serious food poisoning from an oyster and made worse by an existing liver condition. He lost a lot of weight as a result.
After a string of high-profile girlfriends, including the actress Jenny Seagrove, Winner eventually decided to settle down and married Geraldine Lynton-Edwards in 2011. Winner had in fact known Ms Lynton-Edwards in 1957 when he was a young film-maker and she was a 16-year-old actress and ballet dancer. Following his death, she called him "a wonderful man, brilliant, funny and generous".