Joan Liepman, Story Editor and Independent Producer, Dies at 65

Story editor and independent producer Joan Liepman died Friday in her Los Angeles home after a three-year battle with lung cancer. She was 65.

Liepman began her career in the William Morris story department in 1979, where her observations drew the attention of agent Ed Limato. Over the years, she became the go-to person for many clients including Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, Kevin Costner, Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer. Her story ideas and script assessment helped shape movies like “Braveheart” and “Lethal Weapon.” Many referred to her as Limato’s “secret weapon.”

Limato and Liepman jumped all over Hollywood, from WMA to ICM and then back. She also landed an exclusive deal with Icon Productions.

She graduated a Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley and was a devout Buddhist.

Liepman is survived by her siblings Peter Liepman, Bob Liepman and Lise Liepman and nephews Robin and Peter Liepman. A memorial is planned for later this year.

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