By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — William Blinn, a screenwriter for the landmark TV projects 'Brian's Song' and 'Roots' and the Prince film 'Purple Rain,' has died. He was 83. Blinn died Thursday of natural cases at an assisting living community in Burbank, California, his daughter, Anneliese Johnson, said Saturday. He won Emmy and Peabody honors for the 1971 TV movie 'Brian's Song,' which dramatized the friendship of Chicago Bears players Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers. It was a hit when it aired and is a enduring favorite with sports fans and critics. Last month, Hall […]
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