Arthur Laurents Is Dead

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Broadway and Hollywood have lost one of the greats: Arthur Laurents, who passed away today at age 93. His credits were numerous and included writing the books for Gypsy and West Side Story, a Tony win for directing La Cage Aux Folles, and screenplays for The Way We Were, The Turning Point, and Rope. The irascible talent hardly slowed down in his old age; his last credit was directing the 2009 revival of West Side Story, which prompted this memorable profile in New York. [Deadline]