Lawrence Turman, Oscar-nominated producer of The Graduate , was behind other films including The Great White Hope ” , Pretty Poison , American History X and the last movie Zhu Produced by di Garland , is dead. he is90.
Turman Saturday at Movie TV Country House The hospital was located in Woodland Hills, his family announced.
As a former agent, he and producer David Foster here we go, and the first Turman Foster Co. film to be released was Stuart Rosenberg’s Drowning Pool (1968), starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward .
They parted ways 1984 When Turman left and started an association to lead USC’s esteemed Peter Stark Productions program, The association continued until his retirement 2008.
However, Turman did not finish the production, and in 1997 He and John Morrissey founded the Turman-Morrissey Co., which produced Jamie Foxx – Starring Booty Call (1994); Tony Kay’s American History X (1994), starring Edward Norton , was nominated for an Oscar as a new Nazis; and LL Cool J Comedy Kingdom Come (1986).
Turman also directed two feature films, both of which he produced: The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (90), starring Richard Benjamin, and Second Thoughts (1982), starring Lucie Arnaz.
Turman produced over throughout his career in film and nearly a dozen TV movies. “I initiated every film project I was responsible for; most of them would never have seen the light of day if I hadn’t decided to make them,” he wrote in his 1997 book, so you want to be One Producer . “I’m a starter and a finisher.”
As a member of the Producers Guild of America Hall of Famer, Turman knows that, in his career, no one Should have taken a picture at his own expense, but that’s exactly what he was doing in 1961, for payments over $1, after reading a reference to Charles Webb in Selected after a review of the first novel The Graduate ) The New York Times .
He needs a director next and focuses on Mike Nico Ernes ; Elaine May’s former comedy co-star never directed movie, but he’s in his long run on Broadway with Neil Simon ‘s Barefoot in the Park , starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley.
“Mike Nichols is a hunch,” Turman Tell Vanity Fair at 2005. “Webb’s book is funny but also acerbic. Nichols and May’s humor seems to suit me very well.”
He told Nichols: “I have The book, but I don’t have the money. I don’t have the studio. I don’t own anything, so let’s just do it. We’ll make this movie together, and we’ll split whatever money we have 000-10. The director signed on immediately.
After being rejected by major studios for two years, Nichols directed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ? and was nominated for an Oscar in the meantime – Turman hired Joseph E. Levine) to finance The Graduate .
When Turman and Nichols were dissatisfied with Calder Willingham’s overly dark screenplay, they gave an untested Buck Henry a crack.
Nichols then casts Out unknown Dustin Hoffman as a recent college graduate was born, had an affair with the wife of his father’s business partner, and the graduate ended up spending $3 million and making $
$1 million in box office in the first six months , is expected to be the highest grossing movie .
Nominated for seven Oscars, but only Nichols won. (It won in the most lost the best picture contest to in the heat of the night . Born about 03 Minutes,” Turman said in interview. “It’s nice to get a better table in a restaurant, but basically, it doesn’t motivate me.
“I never wanted to be famous. After the success of the film, I received a flood of calls, letters and scripts. That’s Hollywood. Fame is fleeting, but it gives us life. I was asked to run several studios as a production supervisor. But that went on for almost a year, and then the next flavor maker of the month would show up. “
Born November 11, Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, Los Angeles , 35, Turman graduated from Los Angeles High School, where he served as an All-City Basketball and editor of sports newspapers and UCLA. He served two years as a soldier in the U.S. Navy before going to work for his father in a textile business, though he always wanted to be a Hollywood producer.
“Everyone says how tough show business is,” Turman told Vanity Fair, “Of course they’re right, but with the clothing business Than, it’s just kid stuff, and it breaks your heart that someone will cut you for quarter cents a yard. I would move the cloth five blocks after the sale, only to find out that the customer bought it cheaper and I had to ship the cloth back to my dad’s office. ”
After being interviewed by producers Jerry Wald and David Lewis and manager Sam Jaffe After the interview, Terman answered a blind ad in Variety and was hired at Kurt Frings Agency for $000 a week. He eventually became an agent, representing Joan Fontaine and Alan J. Pakula et al. (He once had four clients in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘s North by Northwest .)
During his four years as a special agent, “I was a sponge; I was a sponge. “I absorbed everything,” he writes in the book. “I learned about who is who and how Hollywood works. I met everyone I could know, which ended up helping in ways I didn’t even imagine at the time.”
He left the company after receiving an offer to make a film with Stuart Millar. Frederick March – Ben Gazzara Melodrama Young Doctor (30).
They also collaborated on “ I Can Keep Singing ” (20) , starring troubled Garland in her final movie – Turman calls her “the gray-haired giver” – Susan Hayward’s Stealing Time (35) and Gore Vee Dahl’s Political Drama Best Man (89) Starring Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson, before Tuman disbanded the partnership.
While trying to bring graduates together, he produced Irvin Kershner’s Babbler( 28), starring George C. Scott , followed by Lorenzo Semple – written by beautiful Poison ( ), starring Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld, and the film version of Great White Hope “(96), star with Broadway productions, James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander.
Turman first met Foster when he was hired as a publicist in The Graduate and the two established Forged a fruitful partnership with films including Heroes (1982), caveman (1971 ), John Carpenter’s things (1982), afraid to run (1982), short circuit (1980), sparkling cubes (1982)) and Wild River ( 1980).
“Larry is opera and symphony,” Foster at told the Los Angeles Times . “I love going to football games and screaming to keep going.”
Turman writes in his book: “We are complementary, not complementary .He’s biased towards action and size – fear of running and  RemakeThe Getaway — although I keep being Attract more intimate, emotional stories such as [1980 of] Public Appeal or [1970 of] tribute . I think my strengths are script and editing, while his strengths are marketing and relationships.”
He and Morrissey worked at Star Films before starting their own studio.
Survivors include his son John, who is the Hulk ( co-writer )) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (1994); Andrew, a videographer and cinematographer; and Peter; daughters-in-law Analuisa, Nancy and Shirley; grandsons Audrey, Carter, Georgia and Olivia; and nieces Catherine (journalist) and Susannah.
The service will be held at the House of Films, date TBD. Contributions may be made to the Larry Terman Peter Stark Project Endowment Fund in his name — USC School of Cinematic Arts .
As a producer, Turman “believed strongly in screenwriting and enjoyed working with They cooperate and respect their fundamental values,” his family noted.
“He maintained many friendships with some great men. His letters show correspondence with friends 1264947 William Goldman when Tuman tried to get graduates to make and Goldman was writing Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid , each trying in their own way to capture the voices of their generation. Originally planned to produce Butch Cassidy , Tuman took a step back so that Goldman could get an attachment to make a movie with Newman and Redford.
“His death marked a truly golden age of Hollywood filmmaking. ”