Bryan Forbes, an English film director best known for “The Stepford Wives,” the 1975 Hollywood thriller about women transformed into docile electronic incarnations of themselves, has died at his home in Surrey, England. He was 86.
His death was announced to European news agencies by a family spokesman, who did not say when Mr. Forbes died.
Mr. Forbes had lived with multiple sclerosis since the mid-1970s; he attributed his long remission to a gluten-free diet and the support of his wife, the actress Nanette Newman.
Based on Ira Levin’s 1972 novel, “The Stepford Wives” starred Katharine Ross as Joanna, a young wife who moves to a bucolic suburb only to discover that its women are growing mysteriously, robotically submissive.
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