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Gene Saks, Tony-winning director, dies

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Gene Saks, the Tony-winning director of multiple Broadway shows, has died. He was 93.

Although Saks acted, he was best known for—and more focused on—directing theatre, specfically shows by playwright Neil Simon. The duo worked together on a total of eight Broadway shows, according to the New York Times, including 1985’s The Odd Couple and 1966’s Mame (costarring Angela Lansbury and Saks’ first wife Bea Arthur). 

Saks was nominated for seven total Tony awards over his career and won three of those awards for directing I Love My Wife, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Biloxi Blues. He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1991. According to his wife Keren, cause of death was pneumonia.