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Arthur Penn, 'Bonnie and Clyde' director, dies

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Arthur Penn, the director of 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde, passed away Tuesday, the New York Times reports. Penn was 88 years old; no other details regarding his death are available. Though best known for helming the Oscar-nominated bank robber film, Penn also directed projects like 1957’s CBS version of The Miracle Worker, which he later adapted for the Broadway stage — earning him a Tony Award — and for the big screen in 1962. (Penn was nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his work on Miracle.) Penn also proved an influential figure in politics, advising John F. Kennedy during his famed 1960 televised debates with Richard Nixon.

Along with his Miracle nod, Penn scored Academy Award nominations for Bonnie and Clyde and 1969’s Alice’s Restaurant.

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