Jennifer Alward, TV exec and film producer, died Sept. 18 of diabetes and heart disease complications at her home in Los Angeles. She was 53.
A native of California, she graduated from Cal State Long Beach and began her entertainment industry career as a press coordinator for Filmex, the Los Angeles Intl. Film Exposition.
Alward joined CBS Entertainment where she worked in the Standards and Practices Dept. in New York City and later relocated to Los Angeles, where she worked in the programming department at Television City. She brought Toronto’s SCTV group to American audiences and helped mediate censorship issues on shows including “All in the Family” and “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.”
Among the numerous TV films she produced are “The Chippendales Murder,” “The Margaret Sanger Story” and “Web of Deception.”
In theatricals, she produced Bob Dylan starrer “Hearts of Fire,” was instrumental in “Gorillas in the Mist,” and founded her own production company, Morgan Hill Films.
She was a board member of the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors, guest lectured at the American Film Institute, was an alumni adviser to the film program at Cal State Long Beach and served as a curriculum adviser at Los Angeles City College.
She is survived by her husband, Patrick Faulstich, founder of Accurate Representation, a literary management and production firm; a son; a brother; a sister; and two nieces.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 17749 Peak Ave., Morgan Hill, CA 95037.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in Alward’s name be made to American Diabetes Assn.