Arlene Donovan

Producer, Literary agent, Story editor
Top literary agent turned producer with a long-time association with director-writer Robert Benton. Donovan's first involvement with the film industry came when she worked as story editor to director Robert Rossen ... Read more »
Born: in Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Producer (7)

Twilight 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nobody's Fool 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Billy Bathgate 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

The House on Carroll Street 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Nadine 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Places in the Heart 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Still of the Night 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Top literary agent turned producer with a long-time association with director-writer Robert Benton. Donovan's first involvement with the film industry came when she worked as story editor to director Robert Rossen, joining Columbia Pictures in the same capacity shortly after. In the early 1970s she joined super talent agency ICM in New York as a literary agent representing top writers including Avery Corman who's novel "Kramer vs. Kramer" she sold to producer Stanley Jaffe; she also served as literary head of ICM's motion picture department. The 1979 film of "Kramer vs. Kramer" marked her first association with director-writer Robert Benton; Donovan has subsequently served as producer on Benton's "Still of the Night" (1982), "Places in the Heart" (1984), "Nadine" (1987) and "Billy Bathgate" (1988). She also joined with Benton as executive producer on the 1988 Peter Yates thriller, "The House on Carroll Street" (1988).

EDUCATION

Stratford College

Virginia

Milestones

1982

First film as producer, "Still of the Night"

1979

First teamed with Robert Benton on "Kramer vs. Kramer"

Became a literary head of ICM's motion picture department; also involved in book publishing as well as stage and screen projects (date approximate)

Joined Columbia Pictures as a story editor

Moved to New York after college; worked in book publishing

Worked briefly as story editor for director Robert Rossen and as an assistant on his film, "Cocoa Beach" (uncompleted at the time of his death)

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