Born in 1930, in New York, NY; died of prostate cancer, August 29, 1995, in New York, NY. Director, editor, screenwriter, and producer. David Perry beganhis career as a director with the 1962 film David and Lisa, written by his first wife Eleanor, which was nominated for two Academy Awards. Diary of a MadHousewife (1970), based on a novel by Sue Kaufman, nearly duplicated his first success. His other films include Ladybug, Ladybug (1963), The Swimmer (1968), and Last Summer (1969). Play It as It Lays (1972), Mommie Dearest (1981),and Compromising Positions (1985) were among his best-known later films. In 1990, after Perry was diagnosed with the prostate cancer that killed him, he decided to make a film about his disease. On the Bridge, the resulting work, became an international success.