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David Zelag Goodman dies at 81; Oscar-nominated screenwriter
David Zelag Goodman dies at 81; Oscar-nominated screenwriter

David Zelag Goodman, a screenwriter best known for such 1970s films as the controversial psychological thriller "Straw Dogs" and "Lovers and Other Strangers," a comedy that earned him an Oscar nomination, has died. He was 81. Goodman died Monday at an assisted-living facility in Oakland of progressive supranuclear palsy, a brain disorder, said his daughter, Kevis Goodman. "He was a man for all seasons," said his close friend Zev Braun, a film and television producer. "He went from biblical scholar [as a young man] to playwright to television and motion pictures and did some of the best of the '70s movies. That was when he was really on fire, so to...

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