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Screenwriter Irving Ravetch Dies at 89

His credits include “Hud,” “Norma Rae,” “The Long Hot Summer”

irving ravetchAward-winning screenwriter Irving Ravetch has died, his family said Monday. He was 89.

Ravetch died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a long illness.

Ravetch and his wife and collaborator Harriet Frank Jr. are two-time Academy Award nominees for writing "Hud" (1963) and "Norma Rae" (1979). They co-wrote 18 other films, including "Hombre," "Conrack," "The Reivers," "The Long Hot Summer," "The Sound and the Fury," "Home From the Hill," "The Cowboys," "Murphy's Romance" and "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs."

In 1988, the couple were awarded the Writers Guild of America's Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.

Ravetch is survived by his wife, a sister and brother. Services will be private.