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Alan J. Pakula
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    (April 7, 1928-November 19, 1998)
    Born in The Bronx, New York
    Produced 'Fear Strikes Out (1957),' 'To Kill a Mockingbird (1962),' 'Love with the Proper Stranger (1963),' 'Inside Daisy Clover (1965)' and 'Up the Down Staircase (1967)'
    Directed 'All the President's Men (1976),' 'Comes a Horseman (1978),' 'Rollover (1981),' 'Presumed Innocent (1990)' and 'The Devil's Own (1997)'
    Produced and directed 'The Sterile Cuckoo (1969),' 'Klute (1971),' 'The Parallax View (1974),' 'Starting Over (1979),' 'Sophie's Choice (1982),' 'Consenting Adults (1992),' 'See You in the Morning (1989)' and 'The Pelican Brief (1993)'
    Assisted with screenwriting on 'Sophie's Choice,' 'See You in the Morning,' 'Presumed Innocent' and 'The Pelican Brief'
    Killed in a freak accident on the Long Island Expressway in Melville, New York at age 70
    He started his career as an assistant in the cartoon department at Warner Brothers.
    He married and divorced actress Hope Lange (1963-71).
    He loved psychological thrillers, stating, 'A man who is in control, and inside there is a frightened child, that interests me. Why? You can draw your own conclusions.'
    Three of his movies ('Klute,' 'The Parallax View' and 'All the President's Men') became known as his 'paranoia trilogy.'
    He was nominated for three Oscars but never took one home.
    He majored in drama at Yale University where he earned a B.A. degree.
    He adopted his second wife's children.
    One of his stepson's battled depression and he took an active role in his recovery, participating in fund-raisers and speaking openly about the disease and its impact on his own life.
    Though he never earned an Oscar he received 11 awards, including a New York Film Critics Circle Award and two posthumous awards.
    He was known as an 'actor's director' who worked with eight different actors in Oscar-nominated performances.
    Three of the actors he directed, Jane Fonda, Jason Robards and Meryl Streep, won Oscars for their roles.
    He was killed while driving when the car in front of him struck a metal pipe in the road, sending it crashing through his windshield and hitting him in the head.
    He then swerved across a service road and hit a fence, killing him instantly.
    Upon learning of his death many stars paid tribute, including Harrison Ford (the star of his last film), who said he was 'a natural guide to inner realms. As a writer and a director, he was always concerned with evolving emotionally. He was an elegant man.'

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