Margaret Lyons
August 26, 2009 AT 09:31 PM EDT

Author and producer Dominick Dunne died today from bladder cancer at his home in Manhattan. He was 83.

Dunne produced The Boys in the Band, Panic in Needle Park, Play It as It Lays, and Ash Wednesday before becoming a writer in the late 1970s. His novels include The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, An Inconvenient Woman, and A Season in Purgatory, and his nonfiction work focused on essays and memoirs about crime and celebrity.

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