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Michael Blake Oscar-Winning Screenwriter has Passed Away

Oscar winning writer Michael Blake has passed away at the age of 69. Blake won the Academy Award for his adaptation of Dances With Wolves from his own novel. Blake wrote the novel Dances With Wolves in 1988, which was made into a film starring Kevin Costner in 1990. Costner was instrumental in the production directing and producing, as well as acting, and would also win an Oscar for his efforts. The film went on to win seven Oscars at the 1991 awards show including Best Picture and director. Blake's adaptation also won at the Golden Globes and the Writers Guild Awards.

Dances With Wolves has sold 3.5 million copies and has been translated into 15 different languages. Blake also wrote the books The Holy Road, Airman Mortensen, Marching to Valhalla, Indian Yell, Twelve The King, and an autobiography, Like A Running Dog, which detailed his career in writing and Hollywood. Blake started his screenwriting career with the 1983 film Stacey's Knights.

According to reports, Blake died peacefully in Arizona after battling a lengthy illness, his manager and producing partner Daniel Ostroff confirmed. He is survived by his wife, Marianne Mortensen Blake, whom he married in 1993, as well as three children.

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