Emmy-nominated director, producer and writer Catherine Cyran passed away in December . she59.
The filmmaker, known for three titles in the Prince and I franchise, is in British Columbia after a battle with cancer Vancouver, Province, died, a representative confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter .
Before launching her film career, the Brooklyn native graduated from Harvard University and moved to London to work as a management consultant for the Royal Shakespeare Company. After returning to the US, she worked as a consultant on political issues for some campaigns in Massachusetts and also studied for a while at Stanford Business School.
Eventually, Cyran decided to move her life to Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking. She began working under prolific filmmaker Roger Corman, writing and producing low-budget films including A Cry in the Wild, Pajama Party Massacre III and Bloodfist II.
In 1993, she wrote and directed her first feature film, White Wolf: Cry of the Wild II, which earned her an Emmy nomination. Her other credits include Dance Waters, True Heart, Sawbones, Christmas Do-Over and several Hallmark holiday films such as Our Italian Christmas Memories, which was released on 11 Month premiere 2022. Cyran also wrote Honey 3: Dare to Dance and co-wrote Werewolf: The Beast Among Us.
In her spare time as director and producer, Cyran has written a novel based on her screenplay, Island of the Last Great Auk , The last story . In 1993, her screenplay won the Outstanding Writing Award at the Canadian International Film Festival.
Cyran is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of Canada and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
She is survived by her brother, Christopher Cyran, and her longtime collaborator, director Louis Morneau.