Longtime Hollywood multitalent Polly Platt passed away this morning in Brooklyn, NY, after a battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She was 72. According to her official bio, the former costume and production designer and writer and producer was married to Peter Bogdanovich and helped him write his first movie Targets (1968) and did design on that film along with his The Last Picture Show (1971) and What’s Up, Doc? (1972) and Paper Moon (1973). (News reports say the 1984 film Irreconcilable Differences, starring Ryan O’Neal and Shelley Long and Drew Barrymore, is loosely based on her and Bogdanovich’s marriage and divorce.) Later, Platt was partnered with director Jim Brooks and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for his Terms of Endearment (1983). She also was an executive producer on his Broadcast News (1987) and a producer on his I’ll Do Anything. She was an executive producer on The War of the Roses (1989) and as a producer on Say Anything (1989) and as a producer on Bottle Rocket (1996). Her screenwriting credits include Pretty Baby, Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff, and A Map of the World. Her production design credits include The Witches Of Eastwick, The Man With Two Brains, Young Doctors in Love, A Star Is Born, and The Bad News Bears.
R.I.P. Polly Platt
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