Producer, author was mother of J.J. Abrams
Carol Ann Abrams, a film producer and author who was part of an accomplished showbiz family, died of cancer June 3 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 69.Abrams was married to TV-movie producer and former exec Gerald Abrams and was the mother of multihyphenate J.J. Abrams and scribe Tracy Rosen. Carol Ann Abrams developed and was an executive producer of the Disney Channel’s “The Ernest Green Story” (1993), about the forced integration at Central High in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957. The film premiered at Central High, where it was introduced by President-Elect Bill Clinton, and went on to win a Peabody Award. Abrams produced two other telepics, “Second Honeymoon” and “Two Against Time,” both for CBS. The latter film starred Marlo Thomas and Ellen Muth in the story of a mother and daughter both diagnosed with cancer. But Abrams’ attention turned to writing, and she co-authored two books, “Grandparents & Grandchildren” and “Teen Knitting Club.” Abrams was born in New York City and graduated from Penn State U. with honors. While her children were attending school, Abrams got her real estate license and sold properties in Bel Air and West Los Angeles. At age 39, she enrolled at Whittier College School of Law. She graduated first in her class and eventually became a professor at Whittier, teaching for five years, before embarking on her entertainment career. In addition to her husband and children, survivors include five grandchildren and her sister, Joan Davidson. Services will be private and held on Wednesday. Donations may be made to the Carol Abrams Fund, attn.: KC Miller at the Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Brain Tumor Center, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Suite 2416, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
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