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Mike Nichols directed the 1983 film that told the story of Karen Silkwood, a lab worker who was killed in a suspicious car crash on her way to meet a reporter. Meryl Streep played Silkwood, who was attempting to expose dangerous radiation levels at the nuclear plant where she worked.
Arlen, who came from a family of prominent journalists, began her career as a journalist. After “Silkwood,” she took on another film based on true events, Louis Malle’s “Alamo Bay.” It was the story of the conflict in the Gulf of Mexico between Vietnamese immigrants and Texas shrimp fishermen.
Arlen and Ephron also collaborated on Susan Seidelman’s 1989 “Cookie,” about the daughter of a Mafia boss, on which Arlen was executive producer. Her other screenplays included the 2002 film “The Weight of Water, »
- Pat Saperstein
Alice Arlen, a screenwriter whose credits included “Silkwood,” “Alamo Bay” and “A Thief of Time,” died Monday night at her home in New York City. She was 75. Arlen, who co-wrote the Academy Award-nominated “Silkwood” screenplay with Nora Ephron, died following a long illness. Born in Chicago in 1940, Arlen graduated from Radcliffe College before returning to her hometown to become a writer for the local CBS station. In addition to her screenwriting, Arlen wrote a biography of her great aunt, titled “Cissy Patterson,” in 1966, and completed a biography of her aunt »
- Tim Kenneally
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