27 August 2009 5:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Best-selling author Dominick Dunne died in New York at age 83 Wednesday. People book reviewer Judith Newman remembers the highly admired writer.A great writer can take personal tragedy and make it into something meaningful and even beautiful to the rest of us. Nobody proved this point better than Dominick Dunne, who died of bladder cancer on Wednesday. A successful film producer in the '70s who flamed out in a haze of booze and coke, Dunne had pulled himself together and was casting about for another career when, in 1982, his life was again shattered: His daughter Dominique, an actress, was »

- Judith Newman

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