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Actress, producer and development executive Karen Montgomery died Dec. 4 in Los Angeles following a nearly decade-long battle with breast cancer. She was 66.
Montgomery started in showbiz as an actress, starring most notably as Princess Beata in a 1988 episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” She then moved behind-the-scenes role, working as an assistant to screenwriter Waldo Salt, director Hal Ashby and producer Bruce Gilbert on 1978’s “Coming Home.”
Throughout her career she worked in the development departments of indie film companies, with producing credits on films including “Row Your Boat” (1999), “‘Til There Was You” (1997) and “Diary of a Hitman” (1991), which was directed by Montgomery’s former acting coach and friend Roy London.
Following London’s death from AIDS complications in 1993, Montgomery and husband, director Christopher Monger, produced a documentary called “Special Thanks to Roy London,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2005.
Montgomery is survived by her husband; her »
- Alyssa Sage
Karen Montgomery, an actress, producer and film executive, died Friday at her home in Los Angeles after a decade-long struggle with breast cancer, her husband, director Christopher Monger, said. She was 66. Montgomery worked in development at several independent film companies and was an associate producer on the Forest Whitaker-starrer Diary of a Hit Man (1991), directed by Roy London, her former acting coach. London also guided the careers of Brad Pitt, Jeff Goldblum, Patricia Arquette and many others. After his death at age 50 from AIDS complications, Montgomery teamed with Monger to make the documentary Special Thanks
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Christopher Monger, whose credits include Temple Grandin and The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain, will adapt the screenplay.
Orphan Train was published in 2013 and is inspired by real events, telling the story of two women from different generations who form a bond in Maine when they realise they share a common past.
The orphan trains placed abandoned children from the East Coast in homes with Midwest farmland families and ran from 1854-1929.
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Broad Green Pictures will adapt Christina Baker Kline’s novel "Orphan Train" into a movie. Michael London and Janice Williams of Groundswell Productions will produce with screenwriter Christopher Monger ("Temple Grandin," "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain"). Published in 2013, "Orphan Train" has sold more than 2 million copies in 35 countries and has spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, including five weeks at #1. Between 1854 and 1929, "orphan trains" ran regularly from cities on the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children to an unknown fate. "Orphan Train" weaves together the stories of Vivian Daly, a 91-year-old Irish immigrant who as a child was shipped from New York City to Minnesota and Molly Ayer, a 17-year-old who is on the verge of aging out of the foster care system in present-day Maine. A friendship develops »
- Anne Thompson
Broad Green Pictures is developing a movie based on the book with Michael London and Janice Williams of Groundswell Prods., whose credits include “Milk” and the upcoming “Trumbo.” Christopher Monger (“Temple Grandin”) is adapting the screenplay.
Published in 2013, “Orphan Train” has sold more than two million copies in 35 countries. Its title is taken from the trains that ran regularly between 1854 and 1929 from cities on the East Coast to the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck.
Kline’s novel, set in modern day Maine, weaves together the stories of a 91-year-old Irish immigrant who as a child was shipped from New York City to Minnesota on an orphan train, and a 17-year-old who is on the verge of aging out of the foster care system. The pair develop an unlikely »
- Dave McNary
Broad Green Pictures has optioned feature rights for Christina Baker Kline’s best-selling novel Orphan Train. Temple Grandin scribe Christopher Monger will write the script. Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams are producing. Published in 2013, Orphan Train weaves a fictional tale out of factual events. Between 1854 and 1929, trains carrying orphans ran regularly from cities on the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of… »
Crafting a fictional tale from real events, the story deals with trains carrying orphans that ran regularly from cities on the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest,. Between 1854 and 1929, thousands of abandoned children on those trains were transported to fates unknown.
The narrative will follow a 91-year-old Irish immigrant who was one of those kids and who develops a friendship with a 17-year-old on the verge of aging out of the foster care system in present-day Maine. Soon, a secret that has haunted the old woman will be exposed.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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