Polly Platt

Producer, Production designer, Screenwriter
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" ... Read more »
Born: 01/29/1939 in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Art Department (12)

The Witches of Eastwick 1987 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Shaping Up 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Art Director

Terms of Endearment 1983 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Man With Two Brains 1983 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Young Doctors in Love 1982 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

A Star Is Born 1976 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Bad News Bears 1976 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Paper Moon 1973 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Thief Who Came to Dinner 1972 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

What's Up Doc? 1972 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Last Picture Show 1971 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Targets 1968 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)
Producer (11)

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A West Texas Children's Story 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Muertas 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Girl in the Picture 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bottle Rocket 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Evening Star 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

I'll Do Anything 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

The War of the Roses 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Broadcast News 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Between Two Women (TV Show)

Co-Producer
Actor (8)

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Women on Top: Hollywood and Power 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

A Decade Under the Influence 2003 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The O'Neals: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sugar Town 1999 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy On the Right 1995 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

Mrs Flood (Actor)
Writer (5)

A Map of the World 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pretty Baby 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pretty Baby 1978 (Movie)

(From Story)

Targets 1968 (Movie)

(From Story)
Other (1)

Spanglish 2004 (Movie)

(Production Consultant)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Daughter
Born c. 1960 Given up for adoption

Jack Platt

Brother

Antonia Bogdanovich Actor

Daughter

Peter Bogdanovich Actor

Husband
Married in 1962 Divorced in 1971

Alexandra Bogdanovich

Daughter
Born in 1970

Antonia Bogdanovich

Daughter
Born in 1967

Philip Klein

Husband
Married May 1960 until his death in car accident December 1960

John Platt

Father
Served as a judge at the Dachau trials of Nazi war criminals

Vivian Platt

Mother
Suffered nervous breakdown when family relocated to Germany Plagued by mental illness throughout rest of her life and eventually committed to a mental institution

Anthony Wade

Husband

EDUCATION

Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
Studied set and costume design before dropping out after becoming pregnant

Milestones

2011

Final producing credit, the documentary, "Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel"

2000

Executive produced the Oxygen series, "The Girl in the Picture"

1999

Co-scripted the film adaptation of Jane Hamilton's novel, "A Map of the World"

1996

Was a producer on Wes Anderson's "Bottle Rocket"; executive produced by Brooks

1994

Produced James L Brooks' "I'll Do Anything"

1989

First feature credit as producer, "Say Anything"

1987

Was the production designer on "The Witches of Eastwick"

1987

First feature credit as executive producer, Brooks' "Broadcast News"

1983

First worked with James L Brooks on "Terms of Endearment"

1982

Designed the production for Garry Marshall's "Young Doctors in Love"

1978

First produced screenplay, "Pretty Baby"; directed by Louis Malle and starring Brooke Shields

1976

Designed the production for "A Star Is Born," starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson

1973

Worked with Bogdanovich on the Oscar winning film, "Paper Moon"

1972

Again collaborated with Bogdanovich on "What's Up, Doc?"

1970

Designed the highly acclaimed, "The Last Picture Show"; also directed by Bogdanovich

1968

First film collaboration with Bogdanovich, was the production designer on "Targets"; Bogdanovich also made his directorial debut

Served as vice president of James L Brooks' Gracie Films

Moved to California with then husband, Peter Bogdanovich

While designing theater in New York, she met Peter Bogdanovich, who was directing for the stage

With Bogdanovich, wrote and sold two scripts to Roger Corman, "The Gill Woman of Venus" and "Targets"

Spent early childhood in postwar Germany

Bonus Trivia

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In the late 1940s, she developed polio and spent several months in the children's ward of American-run hospital in Munich.

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In 1994, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award.

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Her relationship with Bogdanovich was the basis for the Drew Barrymore-starring "Irreconcilable Differences" (1984).

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Platt was the first female art director in the Art Director's Guild.

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