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Rights agent Evva Pryor dies at 73

Film industry vet worked for McIntosh and Otis

Evva Pryor, a film and dramatic rights agent for the McIntosh and Otis literary agency, died July 15 in New York. She was 73.

Most recently, Pryor handled rights for the film “There Will Be Blood,” inspired by Upton Sinclair’s “Oil,” as well as the Tony Award-winning stage production of “Light in the Piazza.”

She also specialized in working with plays, opera and films based on the works of John Steinbeck.

Before her association with McIntosh and Otis, Pryor worked with its president, Eugene Winick, in his law firm as a copyright/trademark specialist for the Raggedy Ann properties.

Although she originally came to New York from her native Utah to study acting with Lee Strasberg at the Actor’s Studio and afterwards ran a small theater, she pursued several other fields in addition to the theater. 

Pryor was also a specialist in business systems and did bond financing on Wall Street. 

She held a master’s degree in psychiatric social work, and was associate professor at NYU and Hofstra U. She worked with early IBM machines for the U.S. government, and contributed to the scientific literature that started the green revolution.

She is survived by her partner of 36 years, Dirck Van Sickle.

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