You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Luigi Luraschi

Paramount exec

Luigi Luraschi, a former Paramount exec who worked for the studio more than six decades, much of that time in Europe, died March 31 of natural causes at his home in Paris. He was 96.

He joined Paramount Pictures in New York in 1929. Transferred to Hollywood in 1933, he established an international department to handle the foreign press’ increasing interest in the studio’s films. His responsibilities eventually included overseeing productions, particularly in Europe.

Between 1960 and 1965, he worked with Dino De Laurentiis in Rome producing Italian- and English-language features in Italy. In the spring of 1965, he was transferred back to New York as the assistant to George Weltner, Paramount’s president of production.

When “Is Paris Burning?” was lensing in Paris in late 1965, Luraschi was summoned to Paris to work with producer Paul Graetz on the WWII film. While there, he met and developed a rapport with Charles Bludhorn, who had just purchased Paramount Pictures through Gulf & Western.

In 1967, Luraschi was transferred to Paramount’s Rome offices to organize the production of local language product in Germany, France, Italy and Spain and to help supplement the studio’s English-language releases in the European market.

Luraschi also served as VP of international production for Paramount British Pictures with an office in London where he coordinated foreign dubbing with the homevideo distribution company, Cinema Intl. Corp. (CIC) for Par’s English-language film releases in Europe.

Luraschi retired eight years ago in Paris at the age of 88.

He is survived by a son, a daughter, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

More Scene

  • Naomi Scott Talks Rebooting Princess Jasmine

    'Aladdin': Naomi Scott on Why Her Princess Jasmine Needed Nasim Pedrad's New Character

    Call Naomi Scott the queen of the reboot – or at least, the princess. The 26-year-old actress is taking on the role of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin,” but it’s not her first time jumping into a role that’s already been well-established. Audiences may recognize Scott from 2017’s “Power Rangers” update, where [...]

  • Inside amfAR's Cannes Gala

    Inside amfAR's Cannes Gala: Mariah Carey, Kendall Jenner and Tiffany Trump

    Kendall Jenner caused a commotion when she arrived. Tiffany Trump went unrecognized until a member of the press pointed her out as she made her way down the carpet. And Mariah Carey flew in to perform a couple of songs. Welcome to this year’s AmfAR Gala Cannes, the AIDS organization’s annual — and largest — [...]

  • Lauren Ash44th Annual Gracie Awards, Show,

    Politics and New Abortion Ban Laws Dominate 2019 Gracie Awards

    Female empowerment was in the air Tuesday night as showrunners, writers and performers gathered at the 44th annual Gracie Awards to celebrate women breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings within the entertainment industry. Sandra Oh, Patricia Arquette, Rachel Maddow and Connie Britton were among the honorees at the ceremony, which took place at the Beverly [...]

  • Sacha Baron Cohen

    Why Sacha Baron Cohen Credits Donald Trump for ‘Who Is America?’

    Over the course of history, comedians have shared their take on current events with biting commentary on everything from class and gender to fashion and politics, and the current presidential administration is definitely no exception — with President Donald Trump regularly lampooned on shows like “Saturday Night Live” and by late-night TV hosts. But when [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content