Frank PerryMovie directorFrank Perry, the director of...


September 01, 1995

Frank Perry

Movie director

Frank Perry, the director of "Diary of a Mad Housewife," "Mommie Dearest" and other films, died Tuesday of prostate cancer in New York City. He was 65 and lived in Aspen, Colo.

When he was diagnosed with cancer five years ago, Mr. Perry was told he had about a year to live. He decided "to beat the disease" by making a film about it.

The result, "On the Bridge," was his harrowing journal. Playing the leading role in his film, he explored diverse methods of treatment, interviewed cancer survivors and besieged his doctor with probing questions. He believed that working on the documentary prolonged his life.

Released in 1993, "On the Bridge" became an international success.

Mr. Perry's first movie, "David and Lisa" (1962), was an astonishing sleeper that received Academy Award nominations for direction and screen writing.

He was known as a man of great determination and as a fast worker.

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