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Syd Field Obituary

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The author of the screenplay manual that inspired James Cameron and Judd Apatow to make movies has died.

A spokesman for Syd Field says the author died Sunday of a blood disorder at his home in California. He was 77.

Syd Field's book "Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting" has been required reading in Hollywood since it was published in 1979. It has been translated into 23 languages and used in universities around the world.

Field wrote eight books on screenwriting and lectured across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Spokesman Derek Christopher said Tuesday that Field was surrounded by friends and family, including his wife, Aviva Field.

"He enriched my life with his humor, his love and appreciation for the beauty in this world," Aviva Field told The Associated Press.

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