Frank Joseph Perry Jr. (August 21, 1930 – August 29, 1995) was an American stage director and filmmaker. His 1962 independent film David and Lisa earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (written by his then-wife, Eleanor Perry). The couple collaborated on five more films including the cult classic The Swimmer starring Burt Lancaster, Diary of a Mad Housewife starring Carrie Snodgress, and the Emmy Award–nominated A Christmas Memory, which was based on a short story by Truman Capote and also adapted by his wife Eleanor. Perry went on to form Corsair Pictures, which was privately financed by United Artists Theatres, producing two film flops, Miss Firecracker and A Shock to the System, before folding. His later films include the Razzie Award–nominee Joan Crawford biographical drama Mommie Dearest and the documentary On the Bridge, about his battle with prostate cancer.
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