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Michael Blake dies at 69; 'Dances With Wolves' screenwriter
Michael Blake dies at 69; 'Dances With Wolves' screenwriter

When Michael Blake was writing his novel "Dances With Wolves," he was living in Los Angeles on friends' couches or, sometimes, in his car. He did occasional odd jobs and finally, with $1,000 borrowed from a pal, headed for Bisbee, Ariz., where he washed dishes in a Chinese restaurant for $3.35 an hour. Agents and publishers had no interest in his novel, a story about the extraordinary transformation of a Union Army hero named Lt. John Dunbar into a Comanche warrior named Dances With Wolves. When the novel finally was published, it was only as a paperback with a cheesy cover featuring a Fabio-like model. Blake was given $6,500 for it. At last tally, "Dances With...

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