David Wolper, award-winning producer, dies

David L. Wolper, 82, an award-winning movie and television producer best known for the groundbreaking miniseries Roots, died of congestive heart failure and complications of Parkinson's disease on Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif. He produced several other major miniseries, including The Thorn Birds and North and South. He also produced extravaganzas including the 1986 celebration in New York of the Statue of Liberty centennial and the 1984 Olympic Games ceremonies in Los Angeles.

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