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Versatile production designer, screenwriter and producer of Hollywood films
Popular legend has it that the new wave of American film-making in the late 1960s and early 1970s was an exclusively masculine phenomenon, a myth bolstered by the hard-living excesses documented in Peter Biskind's book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. But women were instrumental in many of the movies which defined that era, and few more so than Polly Platt, who has died aged 72 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
"I call myself a confused careerist," she said of her switches from production and costume design to writing and producing. She was credited as production designer on the films which brought to prominence her second husband, the director Peter Bogdanovich, notably The Last Picture Show (1971) and Paper Moon (1973), but her contribution extended far beyond that job description. "They discussed every shot," wrote Biskind of the making of The Last Picture Show. »
- Ryan Gilbey
Longtime Hollywood multitalent Polly Platt passed away this morning in Brooklyn, NY, after a battle with Als, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. She was 72. According to her official bio, the former costume and production designer and writer and producer was married to Peter Bogdanovich and helped him write his first movie Targets (1968) and did design on that film along with his The Last Picture Show (1971) and What's Up, Doc? (1972) and Paper Moon (1973). (News reports say the 1984 film Irreconcilable Differences, starring Ryan O'Neal and Shelley Long and Drew Barrymore, is loosely based on her and Bogdanovich's marriage and divorce.) Later, Platt was partnered with director Jim Brooks and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for his Terms of Endearment (1983). She also was an executive producer on his Broadcast News (1987) and a producer on his I'll Do Anything. She was an executive producer on The War of the Roses »
- NIKKI FINKE
Hey people! Sorry we missed the spotlight last week. This is a series where we get to know members of The Film Experience community!
This week I'd like to introduce you to Borja from Spain. He's a talent agent so if you're an actor or actress, maybe one day he'll be staring at your headshot or reel!
Nathaniel: Borja thanks for doing this. How did you discover The Film Experience?
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The first I remember vividly was Raiders of the Lost Ark and I left the theater changed forever. I was only six and it was my true favorite for a long time, the benchmark for all action and adventure movies. »
- NATHANIEL R
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