'Red Shoe Diaries' director Zalman King dies after battle with cancer
UPI News Service, 02/05/2012
Zalman King, known for "Nine 1/2 Weeks" and "Red Shoe Diaries," died in California after a six-year battle with cancer, a family member said.
The filmmaker was 70 when he died Friday at his home in Santa Monica, his son-in-law, Allison Burnett, said.
"Zalman was an extraordinary man and artist, more complex and humane than those who knew him only from afar could possibly imagine," Burnett said.
Although King established his reputation as a writer, producer, director and cinematographer, the auteur born Zalman Lefkovitz in Trenton, N.J., started out as an actor in the 1960s, the BBC said Sunday.
From there he moved behind the camera in the 1980s to make films with an erotic point of view.