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Don Mankiewicz dead at 93

LOS ANGELES - Don M. Mankiewicz, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter from a legendary Hollywood family who created the television shows “Marcus Welby, M.D.’’ and “Ironside,’’ has died in California. He was 93.

Mankiewicz died Saturday of congestive heart failure at his home near Los Angeles, his son John told the Los Angeles Times.

The son of Herman J. Mankiewicz, co-writer of “Citizen Kane,’’ Don Mankiewicz grew up in Beverly Hills, where his parents’ dinner guests included the Marx Brothers and Greta Garbo. His uncle was Joseph Mankiewicz, director of “All About Eve’’ and other classic films.

After graduating from Columbia University in 1942 and serving in Army intelligence, Don Mankiewicz became a staff writer for the New Yorker, contributed to other magazines and started working in TV.

Early in his TV career, he wrote scripts for the drama series “Playhouse 90.’’ He was assigned to adapt F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Last Tycoon,’’ the Times said.

Mankiewicz’s survivors include Carol Mankiewicz, his wife of 43 years; daughters Jan Diaz and Sandy Perez from his first marriage; son John and daughter Jane from his second marriage; and four grandchildren, according to the Times. AP
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