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Author E.L. Doctorow (1931-2015)


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Best-selling author E.L. Doctorow, whose historical novels "Ragtime," "Billy Bathgate" and "The Book of Daniel" were turned into motion pictures, has died at the age of 84.


Director Milos Forman's 1981 film version of "Ragtime" was nominated for eight Academy Awards. It also is remembered for the final screen appearances of James Cagney and Pat O'Brien. 



Although it received mixed reviews and was not a box-office hit, Robert Benton's 1991 screen treatment of "Billy Bathgate" starred Dustin Hoffman as the Depression-era mobster Dutch Schultz. The movie co-starred Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, Steven Hill and Loren Dean.




In 1983, director Sidney Lumet's film version of "The Book of Daniel" -- simply titled "Daniel" -- starred Timothy Hutton as the title character, one of the sons of convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. 



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