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Alice Arlen, ‘Silkwood’ Screenwriter, Dies at 75

1 March 2016 4:20 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alice Arlen, who was Oscar nominated for co-writing “Silkwood” with Nora Ephron, died Monday in Manhattan. She was 75.

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

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