Career included working on major studio films
Production coordinator Melissa “Stanley” Cohen died Aug. 28 in Baltimore from complications after recent gallbladder surgery. She was 36.At the time of her death, Cohen was serving as production coordinator on the Touchstone Pictures feature, “Step Up 2 The Streets.” She also served as production coordinator on “Failure to Launch,” “Ladder 49,” “Osmosis Jones,” “The Wedding Planner,” “Me Myself & Irene,” and “Random Hearts,” and as production supervisor on “Antwone Fisher.” She was assistant production coordinator on “12 Monkeys,” “For Richer or Poorer,” and “Washington Square.” Born and raised in Ellicott City, Md., Cohen adopted her late father’s name Stanley to ease the way looking for work as a grip in Hollywood. She was a member of IATSE Local 161. She is survived by husband Scott Altvater; mother Ardis, a film hairstylist; and a brother. Donations may be made to the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Cooper Perry Fund.