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Moviemaker Polly Platt dies at 72

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

Polly Platt, the producer, production designer, writer and founding member of the Austin Film Festival, died Wednesday in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was 72.

Platt, who had Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, served as production designer on numerous Hollywood hits of the '70s and '80s, including "The Last Picture Show," (directed by her then-husband, Peter Bogdanovich), "Paper Moon," "Terms of Endearment" and "The Witches of Eastwick." She was nominated for an Academy Award in 1984 for her work on "Terms of Endearment."

Much of the second half of Platt's career was spent as a producer, helping make such films as "Broadcast News," "Say Anything" and "Bottle Rocket."

Platt's biggest screenwriting credit came on 1978's "Pretty Baby," the Louis Malle film that starred Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine and Susan Sarandon.

Austinites wanting to enjoy some of Platt's work can catch "Terms of Endearment" tonight at the Paramount Theatre as part of its Summer Classics Series.

Funeral arrangements were pending Wednesday.

modam@statesman.com