US filmmaking great Sidney Lumet dies in NY at 86

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In 2006, he brought out “Find Me Guilty,” starring Vin Diesel and based on a true story about a mob trial in New Jersey.

Lumet once claimed he didn’t seek out New York-based projects.

“But any script that starts in New York has got a head start,” he said in 1999. “It’s a fact the city can become anything you want it to be.”

His first three marriages ended in divorce: to actress Rita Gam, heiress Gloria Vanderbilt and Lena Horne’s daughter, Gail Jones. In 1980, he married journalist Mary Gimbel.

He is survived by his wife, daughters Amy and Jenny Lumet, stepchildren Leslie and Bailey Gimbel, nine grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Jenny Lumet wrote the screenplay to 2008’s “Rachel Getting Married.” Amy Lumet also works in the film business, as a sound editor.

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Associated Press writers David Caruso in New York and Bob Thomas and Christopher Weber in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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