Arlene Donovan


Producer

About

Birth Place
Kentucky, USA

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 in...

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).

Life Events

1979

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

1982

First film as producer, "Still of the Night"

Videos

Movie Clip

Places In The Heart (1984) - I'll Shoot You Myself Texas, 1934, newly widowed Edna (Sally Field) visits her sister (Lindsay Crouse) sort of looking for work, then receives Moze (Danny Glover), an able farm hand who stole from her, and deputy Jack (Jerry Haynes) in Places In The Heart, 1984.
Places In The Heart (1984) - Try To Make A Good Impression Denby (Lane Smith), whose bank holds her mortgage and who has counseled newly-widowed Edna (Sally Field) to sell, arrives with an unexpected proposition, and his brother-in-law (John Malkovich, his first scene), in depression-era Texas, in Robert Benton’s Places In The Heart, 1984.
Still Of The Night (1982) - I Thought His Wife Should Have It A murder discovered on a still Manhattan evening, then Roy Scheider is shrink Sam Rice, the game on his radio fixing the date at 10/2/1978, when Meryl Streep appears, confirming that the victim was his patient, opening writer-director Robert Benton’s Hitchcock-y Still Of The Night, 1979.
Still Of The Night (1982) - She's Definitely Your Type After spooky events in the basement of his apartment, therapist Sam (Roy Scheider) is surprised by Brooke (Meryl Streep), lover of his married murdered patient (Josef Sommer, later seen in flashback), replacing a statuette she broke at his office, in Robert Benton’s Still Of The Night, 1979.
Still Of The Night (1982) - Shall I Give You The Tour? Shrink Sam Rice (Roy Scheider) at the auction house where his murdered patient worked, given a tour (by Sara Botsford) and delivered to cop Vitucci (Joe Grifasi) then, after learning she’s the main suspect, pretending not to know Brooke (Meryl Streep) in Robert Benton’s Still Of The Night, 1979.
Places In The Heart (1984) - Waxahachie, Texas, 1935 Director Robert Benton’s opening, shooting his original screenplay on location in his hometown, taking place three years after his birth, Sally Field in her Academy Award-winning role, Ray Baker her husband, a farmer and sheriff, and Devoreaux White as Wylie, in Places In The Heart, 1984.

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