Julie Kirkham, Producer and Script Advisor, Dies at 61

Julie Kirkham, Producer and Script Advisor,
Courtesy of Chapman U.

Julie Kirkham, producer and script consultant who worked on films including “Black Rain” and “Anna and the King,” died June 10 in Santa Monica of multiple myeloma. She was 61.

Known as one of the best readers and script advisers in Hollywood, she helped launch screenwriters including Steve Zaillian, Ron Shelton, Craig Bolotin, Blake Herron and Jordan Roberts.

As production executive at Orion, she worked on development and production of films including “Cherry 2000,” “At Close Range,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Breathless,” “The Falcon and the Snowman,” “Under Fire,” “RoboCop” and “The Terminator.” She later served as a production exec at A Band Apart and Lawrence Bender Productions, and had producing credits on “Knockaround Guys” and “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.”

After attending Princeton, the New York native started out as a script reader and worked at Ray Stark Productions and for TriStar. Kirkham was partnered with her husband, producer Elliot Lewitt, in Kirkham-Lewitt Productions. Since 2009, she had been teaching screenwriting at Chapman University.

She is survived by her husband, a daughter, a son and a stepson. Chapman U. said a memorial service is being planned for July 16 in Malibu.

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