skip navigation
Carolyn Pfeiffer

Carolyn Pfeiffer

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

 
 

Carolyn Pfeiffer - NOT AVAILABLE

Find what your looking for faster use the search field below to shop for titles.

SEARCH TCM.COM/SHOP


OR ... Click here to VOTE > for this person to be released on Home Video



Also Known As: Carolyn Pfeiffer Bradshaw Died:
Born: Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: producer, executive, publicist, personal assistant

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

A producer and production executive with a textured background, Carol Pfeiffer broke into show business when women rarely did such a thing, and went on to become co-chair of Island Alive, a company responsible for many films which heralded the new wave of independents in the USA. She has also been associated with director-writer Alan Rudolph, producing six of his films to date: "Roadie" (1980), "Endangered Species" (1982), "Return Engagement" (1983), "Choose Me" (1984), "Trouble in Mind" (1985) and "The Moderns" (1988).Pfeiffer, who has claimed to have a rural background, began her career in Europe, where she translated scripts for dubbing. By 1963, she was working as Claudia Cardinale's personal assistant (during the period the actress made Fellini's "8 1/2"). Pfeiffer worked briefly with actor Alain Delon as an assistant producer, then became assistant to Omar Sharif during the filming of "Doctor Zhivago" (1965). She moved to London in 1966, where she opened her own public relations firm. Eventually her clients included Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Liza Minnelli, the Beatles' Apple Corp., and Paul McCartney and Wings.In 1975, Pfeiffer returned to the USA, to join Shep Gordon's fledgling Alive...

A producer and production executive with a textured background, Carol Pfeiffer broke into show business when women rarely did such a thing, and went on to become co-chair of Island Alive, a company responsible for many films which heralded the new wave of independents in the USA. She has also been associated with director-writer Alan Rudolph, producing six of his films to date: "Roadie" (1980), "Endangered Species" (1982), "Return Engagement" (1983), "Choose Me" (1984), "Trouble in Mind" (1985) and "The Moderns" (1988).

Pfeiffer, who has claimed to have a rural background, began her career in Europe, where she translated scripts for dubbing. By 1963, she was working as Claudia Cardinale's personal assistant (during the period the actress made Fellini's "8 1/2"). Pfeiffer worked briefly with actor Alain Delon as an assistant producer, then became assistant to Omar Sharif during the filming of "Doctor Zhivago" (1965). She moved to London in 1966, where she opened her own public relations firm. Eventually her clients included Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Liza Minnelli, the Beatles' Apple Corp., and Paul McCartney and Wings.

In 1975, Pfeiffer returned to the USA, to join Shep Gordon's fledgling Alive Enterprises as a producer. Her first effort, Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare" was nominated for a Best Video Album Grammy, and won an Emmy for its editing. Pfeiffer, Gordon and Chris Blackwell formed Island Alive in 1983, with Pfeiffer and Gordon as co-chairs. The company would release such films as Gregory Nava's "El Norte" (1983), "Koyaanisqatsi" (1982) and "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1985), which earned William Hurt a Best Actor Oscar. Alive Films was formed in 1985 specifically for film production. Through Alive Films, Pfeiffer was producer of Lindsay Anderson's "The Whales of August" (1987) which teamed Bette Davis, Lillian Gish and Ann Sothern, and Nava's "A Time of Destiny" (1988). Some productions did less well, such as "Cool as Ice" (1991), a chance to bring Caucasian rapper Vanilla Ice to the big screen, and Sam Shepard's "Silent Tongue" (1993). Pfeiffer left Island in the early 90s and subsequently co-produced the musical thriller "Kla$h" (1995).

Pfeiffer has had a few forays into TV. In 1992, she produced "Grand Isle", the story of an unhappily married woman and her involvement with a younger man. Although made with a theatrical run in mind, the film, which starred Kelly McGillis, eventually found a home on TNT.

VIEW THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

:
Began career in Europe translating scripts for dubbing
1963:
Worked as personal assistant to Claudia Cardinale
1965:
Worked for Omar Sharif during making of "Doctor Zhivago"
1966:
Started public relations company in London
1975:
Returned to USA; joined Shep Gordon's Alive Enterprises
1977:
Served as production assistant on "The Duelist"
1978:
Formed film division of Alive
1980:
Made first film with Alan Rudolph, "Roadie"
1983:
With Gordon and Chris Blackwell, formed Island Alive
1987:
Produced "The Whales of August" for director Lindsey Anderson
1988:
Produced sixth film for Rudolph, "The Moderns"
1992:
Produced "Grand Isle" for TNT
1993:
Produced Sam Shepard's "Silent Tongue"
:
Left Island Alive
1995:
With Karolyn Ali, co-produced "Kla$h", a musical thriller
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Family close complete family listing

daughter:
Shannon.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute