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Mel Stuart dies at 83; 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' director
Mel Stuart dies at 83; 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' director

Mel Stuart had firmly established himself as an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker in the 1960s when his daughter Madeline, a big fan of Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," insisted he turn the popular children's book into a movie. "It was my favorite book at the time, and I told him this would make a great movie," Madeline Stuart told The Times on Friday. Her father proceeded to add the 1971 fantasy musical "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" to his extensive resume as a director. He died Thursday of cancer at his Westwood home, said his son, Andrew. He was 83. During a more than 50-year career in which he won four...

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