DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Don Siegel (aged 78)
Film director and producer
Donald Siegel (October 26, 1912 – April 20, 1991) was an American film director and producer. His name variously appeared in the credits of his films as both Don Siegel and Donald Siegel. He is best known for the original sci-fi film Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), as well as five films with Clint Eastwood, including the police thriller Dirty Harry(1971) and the prison drama Escape from Alcatraz(1979), and John Wayne’s final film, the 1976 Western The Shootist.
DEATH: Born 1912 in Chicago Don is the son of mandolin virtuoso Samuel Siegel. From 1948 to 1953 he was married to actress Viveca Lindfors, with whom he had a son, Kristoffer Tabori. He married Doe Avedon(a former model and actress and ex-wife of photographer Richard Avedon) in 1957. They adopted four children, Nowell Siegel, Anney Siegel-Wamsat, Katherine Saldiveri, and Jack Siegel. They divorced in 1975. He married Carol Rydall, former secretary to Clint Eastwood. They remained together until he died at the age of 78 from cancer in Nipomo, California. He is buried near Highway 1 in the coastal Cayucos-Morro Bay District Cemetery. Siegel was an atheist.