This chapter examines Hal Ashby's decision to start over and make a fresh start. The 1980s had been a challenging decade for Ashby. He had four films taken away from him in the editing room and then flop at the box office, had turbulent business relationships with Ray Stark and the Producers Sales Organization (PSO) and a nightmare partnership with Lorimar that descended into a prolonged legal battle. To start anew, Ashby stopped smoking dope, took greater care in his appearance and took long walks along the beach at Malibu which almost immediately made him look healthier. When his long-time friend Warren Beatty advised him see a doctor he was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas.
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