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'The Elephant Man' playwright Bernard Pomerance dies at 76

'The Elephant Man' playwright Bernard Pomerance dies at 76

Bernard Pomerance, the playwright best known for the Tony Award-winning play about a horribly deformed man that has lured some of Hollywood’s biggest names, such as John Hurt and Bradley Cooper, has died. He was 76.

Longtime agent Alan Brodie said Tuesday that Pomerance died Saturday of complications from cancer at his home in Galisteo, N.M.

“The Elephant Man” was based on a true story and has been frequently revived since its 1979 New York debut. It examines the life of John Merrick, an extremely disfigured but indomitable man who becomes a celebrity in Victorian London.

On Broadway, such diverse performers as David Bowie and Mark Hamill eventually followed the...

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