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President of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1978 (

Alan was the son of a Polish immigrant who ran a printing business. Alan graduated from Yale and was expected to take over the business, but he convinced his Dad into underwriting a movie. This set him off on his producer's path and later became a director. (

He was killed when another car struck a metal pipe lying in the road and it flew into the windshield of his car. (

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 728-732. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988. (

Directed 8 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Jane Fonda, Liza Minnelli, Jason Robards, Jane Alexander, Richard Farnsworth, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen and Meryl Streep.Fonda, Robards and Streep won Oscars for their performances in one of Pakula's movies. (

His production business partner in the 1950s and 1960s was Robert Mulligan. (

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