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Absentee Writer

October 11, 1992

In Hilary de Vries' endlessly fascinating article on Jack Lemmon ("The Guy Who Lived Our Lives," Sept. 27), there is an editorial oversight that, I am sure, pained Lemmon when he read it as much as it pained a few thousand writers in this community.

To quote: "The big turning point," Lemmon says, "came in 1972 with 'Save the Tiger.' " (For which, as we all know, Lemmon won his best actor Oscar.)

"Save the Tiger" is referred to nine times in the article. There are nine important, crucial references to the movie, by De Vries and Lemmon.

Yet totally absent from the piece is the name of the creator of that film--Steve Shagan--whose original screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award.

Instead, there are these words. I quote: "John Avildsen's film."

ERNEST LEHMAN

Los Angeles

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