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Innovative Filmmaker Paul Mazursky Dies at 84

Paul Mazursky, the innovative and versatile director who showed the absurdity of modern life in such movies as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" and "An Unmarried Woman," has died. He was 84. The filmmaker died of pulmonary cardiac arrest Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said Nancy Willen, Mazursky's spokeswoman.

As a talented writer, actor and producer as well as director, Mazursky racked up five Oscar nominations, mostly for writing such films as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" and "Enemies, A Love Story." He also created memorable roles for the likes of Art Carney, Jill Clayburgh and Natalie Wood. Later in life, Mazursky acted in in such TV series as "The Sopranos," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Once and Again."

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Over the years, he was nominated four times for screenplay Oscars: 1969's "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," 1974's "Harry and Tonto," 1978's "An Unmarried Woman" and 1989's "Enemies, A Love Story." As a co-producer, he also shared in the best picture nomination for "An Unmarried Woman."

He is survived by his wife, daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchild.

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