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William Friedkin Dies at 87: Iconic Director of ‘The French Connection’ and ‘The Exorcist’

William Friedkin, who directed such iconic 1970s films as The French Connection and The Exorcist, has died in Los Angeles of heart failure and pneumonia. He was 87. Friedkin was part of a new generation of directors who came to prominence in the Seventies, a list that included Hal Ashby, Peter Bogdanovich, and Francis Ford…