A versatile behind-the-camera talent, Polly Platt began her Hollywood career alongside then-husband Peter Bogdanovich on several Roger Corman cheapies before serving as his production designer on "The...
The pair met during their college years and after discovering a common love of cinema, decided to try to make it big in Hollywood together.
Anderson and the Wedding Crashers funnyman then asked their parents for cash to fund their plans for Bottle Rocket - which came out in 1994 and served as the directorial and film debut for both stars.
Anderson recalls to The Hollywood Reporter, "Owen and I had a mutual friend who had gone to my school in Houston (Texas) and had subsequently gone to military school with Owen in New Mexico, and we knew about each other through him. We met without him introducing us, because we were in a class together - a playwriting class - and we never spoke during the class, but, at the end of it, we, sort of, realised that we were the people who our friend knew... We were both writing short stories, and we started showing them to each other and getting help from each other with them... and we started working on Bottle Rocket as a feature script...
"We started trying to film it as a feature with some money from our fathers - we each borrowed $2,000 - and we sort of ran out of money, and it became a short."
The two ended up getting support from producers Polly Platt and Jim Brooks to extend the movie into a full-length film, which came out two years later and launched their careers.
The star passed away on Wednesday morning (27Jul11) in Brooklyn, New York. She had been suffering from the motor neuron condition ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Platt, who was once married to filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, served as executive producer on 1987 film Broadcast News and producer on 1989's Say Anything.
She was also known for her set production skills and landed an Oscar nomination for her work on 1983's Terms of Endearment.
Platt also worked on the set of Bogdanovich's movies, including Targets, The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon.
The current president of the Writers Guild of America, ER and West Wing producer John Wells, will not seek re-election in September. Likewise, the WGA's current vice president, Dan Petrie Jr.--who himself once held the position of president--will give up his post alongside Wells. Michael Mahern and Victoria Riskin are running for the presidency, according to the WGA's Web site. Riskin, a member of the WGA's board of directors, would become the WGA's first female president in 60 years if elected. Charles D. Holland and Don M. Mankiewicz are up for the vice presidency. There are 16 candidates running for the board of directors' eight open seats, including Polly Platt and Gregory Widen. The elections will be held Sept. 20.
First film collaboration with Bogdanovich, was the production designer on "Targets"; Bogdanovich also made his directorial debut
Produced James L Brooks' "I'll Do Anything"
First worked with James L Brooks on "Terms of Endearment"
Moved to California with then husband, Peter Bogdanovich
Again collaborated with Bogdanovich on "What's Up, Doc?"
Co-scripted the film adaptation of Jane Hamilton's novel, "A Map of the World"
First produced screenplay, "Pretty Baby"; directed by Louis Malle and starring Brooke Shields
Executive produced the Oxygen series, "The Girl in the Picture"
Designed the production for "A Star Is Born," starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson
First feature credit as producer, "Say Anything"
Designed the highly acclaimed, "The Last Picture Show"; also directed by Bogdanovich
With Bogdanovich, wrote and sold two scripts to Roger Corman, "The Gill Woman of Venus" and "Targets"
Worked with Bogdanovich on the Oscar winning film, "Paper Moon"
Spent early childhood in postwar Germany
Was a producer on Wes Anderson's "Bottle Rocket"; executive produced by Brooks
Was the production designer on "The Witches of Eastwick"
Designed the production for Garry Marshall's "Young Doctors in Love"
While designing theater in New York, she met Peter Bogdanovich, who was directing for the stage
First feature credit as executive producer, Brooks' "Broadcast News"
Served as vice president of James L Brooks' Gracie Films
Final producing credit, the documentary, "Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel"
A versatile behind-the-camera talent, Polly Platt began her Hollywood career alongside then-husband Peter Bogdanovich on several Roger Corman cheapies before serving as his production designer on "The Last Picture Show" (1971), "What's Up, Doc?" (1972) and "Paper Moon" (1973). Even before those films, the couple had divorced over his affair with actress Cybill Shepherd, though she maintained their professional relationship. But that ended in 1973, with many critics ascribing the drastic drop in quality in Bogdanovich's later work to the absence of Platt's particular genius. Meanwhile, Platt reached immense professional heights on her own in a variety of fields, serving the production designer on "The Bad News Bears" (1976), "A Star Is Born" (1976), "The Man with Two Brains" (1983), "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987) and James L. Brooks's "Terms of Endearment" (1983). She wrote the screenplay and produced the controversial "Pretty Baby" (1978), before partnering with Brooks to segue into an impressive producing career, notching producer credits for "Broadcast News" (1987), "Say Anything " (1989), "The War of the Roses" (1989), "I'll Do Anything" (1994), "The Evening Star" (1996) and "Bottle Rocket" (1996). Behind the camera, Platt left an indelible mark as a pioneer for women in the entertainment industry, thanks to her immensely versatile creative talents.