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Director Wendkos dies

Nov 25, 2009 | 4:00am EST

The filmmaker, best known for his work on the 1959 surfing film starring Sandra Dee, passed away on Thursday (12Nov09) due to a lung infection following a stroke, according to Reuters.

During Wendkos' 50-year career he also worked on movies Guns of the Magnificent Seven and The Legend of Lizzie Borden, and his first narrative film - The Burglar - helped launch screen legend Jayne Mansfield's career.

Wendkos, who previously served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, is survived by his wife - television producer Lin Bolen - son Jordan, as well as a granddaughter, niece and nephews.

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