Anna Gross, Film Executive and Producer, Dies at 68

Anna Gross, a film executive and producer who worked on films such as “The NeverEnding Story” and “Tootsie,” died on July 23.

She was 68.Gross’ cousin, Mikie Heilbrun, confirmed her death to Variety.

“Everyone’s life she touched she enriched,” Heilbrun wrote in an email.

“She made them better more full beings and forever changed them.”Gross began her career in film in the 1970s with an 8-year stint working for famed Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis, during which she worked on 14 films, including “Death Wish” (1974), “Three Days of the Condor” (1975), “The Shootist” (1976), “King Kong” (1976) and “Ragtime” (1981).

Gross then became vice president of production for director Sydney Pollack, working to develop his films “The Electric Horseman” (1979), “Tootsie” (1982) and “Out of Africa” (1985).Throughout the 1980s, Gross spent time in Germany working with producer Bernd Eichinger, where she oversaw the production on “The NeverEnding Story” (1984), “The Name of the Rose” (1986) and “Last Exit to Brooklyn

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