Carla Fry, vice chairman of physical production at New Line Cinema, died Tuesday April 23 after a long illness. She was 40.
Wichita, Kan., native began her career at Shelly Duvall’s Think Entertainment and worked as a production executive at Imagine Entertainment before joining New Line as a production executive in 1992. She was promoted in 1994 to vice president and then to executive vice president of physical production in 1996 prior to being named president of the division in 1998 and vice chairman this past October.
During her 10 years in the studio’s production department, Carla earned a reputation on overseeing literally hundreds of productions, culminating in the complicated logistical challenges presented by “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Among the other films under her guidance were “Life as a House,” “Magnolia,” “American History X,” “Rush Hour,” “Blade,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Wag the Dog” and “Boogie Nights” and was heavily involved in “The Mask,” which she associate produced, “Seven” and the “Mortal Kombat” franchise. Additionally, she produced “Lost in Space” and held similar responsibilities on other New Line films.
She is survived by her husband, property master Eugene McCarthy; their two young children; her parents; and a brother.
Donations in her honor should be made to the American Humane Assn.