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Barbara Turner 1936-2016

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The death has taken place of writer and producer Barbara Turner, whose best movies were full of emotional truth, pathos and a keen sense of reality. She began as an actress and her screenwriting career took off with an adaptation of Genet’s Deathwatch, followed by Petulia, one of the great (if rarely screened) Sixties films (1968, Richard Lester.) She was married to actor Vic Morrow, a union that produced the wonderful actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, who co-starred with Mare Winningham in Turner’s terrific Georgia (1995, Ulu Grosbard), about sibling rivalry amongst country singers. She co-wrote Ed Harris’ directing debut in which he also starred as painter Jackson Pollock and worked with actress Neve Campbell and director Robert Altman on The Company (2003). Her most recent completed work was the TVM Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012, Philip Kaufman). She was a gifted, skillful writer.

Barbara Turner

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