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‘Elephant Man’ Screenwriter Eric Bergren Dies at 62

Eric Bergren, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for “The Elephant Man,” died July 14 in Pasadena, Calif., due to complications from liver cancer. He was 62.

Bergren received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for “The Elephant Man” in 1980 along with longtime writing partner Christopher De Vore and director David Lynch. It was one of eight Oscar nominations that the film received.

Bergren also wrote the screenplay for “Frances,” for which Jessica Lange received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. He and Neal Jimenez co-wrote the screenplay for Errol Morris’ “The Dark Wind.”

Bergren was born in Pasadena, where he resided most of his life. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Theatre Arts.

He was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer in March. He passed away surrounded by De Vore; his daughters Erin Condit-Bergren and Elysse Condit; and his friend of over 40 years, Howard Nugent and Nugent’s wife Lee Garlington.

Memorial services are pending. Cards can be mailed to his survivors at 4758 Elmwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004.

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