Author Dominick Dunne Dies of Bladder Cancer at 83
Dominick Dunne, the novelist and investigative journalist who wrote about crimes among the rich and famous, including in the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial, has died. He was 83.
The author's death in his Manhattan home came after a battle with bladder cancer, Dunne's son, actor-director Griffin Dunne, told Vanity Fair, the magazine for which Dunne covered the Simpson trial.
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Born in Hartford, Connecticut, on October 29, 1925, Dunne earned the Bronze star for his service in World War II. Dunne started his career as a stage manager in New York City before moving to Hollywood, where he eventually became vice president of a production company.
Battling addictions, Dunne left Hollywood and moved to Oregon, where he sobered up and wrote his first novel, The Winners. It was published in 1982. Dunne went on to write bestsellers such as The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (1985), Fatal Charms (1987), People Like Us (1988), An Inconvenient Woman (1990) and A Season in Purgatory (1993).
Dunne first wrote for Vanity Fair in 1984, when he published his account of the trial of the man who strangled his daughter, actress Dominique, to death. He became a contributing editor for the magazine, and in 1993 was named special correspondent.
In addition to his coverage of the Simpson trial, Dunne covered the trials of the Menendez brothers, William Kennedy Smith, and Phil Spector. He also covered President Bill Clinton's impeachment. Against doctor's orders, Dunne traveled to Las Vegas to cover Simpson's 2008 kidnap-robbery trial.
Dunne also hosted a documentary series for TruTv called Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice. The show premiered in 2002.
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Dunne discontinued his Vanity Fair column to write another novel, Too Much Money, which will be released in December, according to The Associated Press.
Dunne was part of a famous family that also included his brother, novelist and screenwriter John Gregory Dunne, and his sister-in-law, author Joan Didion.