‘The Graduate’ producer Lawrence Turman dies at 96
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker passed away Saturday (July 1, 2023) at Film and Television Country House and Hospital.
His son, John Turman, told Deadline. “Our father Lawrence Terman passed away late yesterday. It is sad but he had a long and storied life and it is the passing of an era.”
A memorial service hosted by the MPTF and the University of South Carolina (USC) will be held.
Turman started his career as a manager in Hollywood before starting his filmmaking career with 1961’s The Young Doctor.
Turman was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1967 rom-com classic The Graduate, starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross, the highest-grossing film in North America that year .
He paid $1,000 for the rights to Charles Webb’s 1963 novel “The Graduate,” but it took him years to sell the story.
Producers eventually found Mike Nichols as director.
His other credits include 1968’s Pretty Poison, 1970’s The Great White Hope and 1998’s American History X.
Turman also directed two films: Marriage of a Young Stockbroker in 1971 and Second Thoughts in 1983.
In 1972, he teamed up with David Foster to start The Turman/Foster Company (a division of Warner Bros.), which developed failed TV pilots, including Mass Appeal. ).
Turman is the director of the USC Peter Stark Productions Program.
In 2005, he published the book “So You Want to Be a Producer”.
In 2011, the filmmaker executive produced a prequel to the sci-fi horror The Thing, directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and featuring Mary Elizabeth Winstead ( Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton star.
Elizabeth M. Daley, dean of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, paid the moving tribute in a statement, which read: “Larry has lived an extraordinary life for 96 years, and we are blessed be able to share some of it with him.
“Larry is a movie legend. His fifty-year career has brought us classics like The Graduate (for which he was nominated for an Oscar), The Great White Hope, The Thing and American History X, and made him an expert on the filmmaker’s pivotal role in the film…
“There is no doubt that Larry was a transformative member of our industry and our school. He was a wise mentor and guide.
“On a personal note, Larry was a dear friend and colleague of mine for nearly 40 years and I will miss him dearly, as I know many of you will as well. It was an unbearable feeling to have him in our lives. Measured blessings. We will be announcing our plans for the festivities in Larry’s life as soon as we get them.”