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Novelist and Vanity Fair Contributor Dominick Dunne Dies at 83

Novelist and Vanity Fair Contributor Dominick Dunne Dies at 83

Author and culture guru Dominick Dunne died of bladder cancer at age 83 Wednesday. A frequent contributor to Vanity Fair, Dunne covered high-profile trials including the trials of OJ Simpson, Claus von Bulow, Michael Skakel, William Kennedy Smith and the Menendez brothers. His famous family included son Griffin Dunne, daughter Dominique Dunne, brother John Gregory Dunne and sister-in-law Joan Didion.

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Author and culture guru Dominick Dunne died of bladder cancer at age 83 Wednesday. Dunne's son, actor Griffin Dunne said an a statement to Vanity Fair that his father had been battling bladder cancer for sometime but that it did not prevent him from working and socializing, according to the AP.

A frequent contributor to Vanity Fair, Dunne covered high-profile trials including the trials of OJ Simpson, Claus von Bulow, Michael Skakel, William Kennedy Smith and the Menendez brothers.

Dunne's novels include The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, An Inconvenient Woman and A Season in Purgatory.

A renaissance man of sorts, Dunne was also a film producer who had his hand in the caustic gay classic The Boys in the Band, Panic in Needle Park and a film version of his sister-in-law Joan Didion's famous California novel Play it as it Lays.

Dunne's brother, novelist John Gregory Dunne who died in 2003, was married to Didion. His daughter, actress Dominique Dunne, who starred in the film Poltergeist was strangled by her ex-boyfriend in 1982, shortly after the film's release.

 

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.