Cynthia Hargrave, Producer of Wes Anderson's Debut 'Bottle Rocket,' Dies at 64

Hargrave also exec produced 1997’s “Hurricane Streets”

Cynthia Hargraves in 2015 (Austin Film Society YouTube)

Award winning film producer Cynthia Hargrave, who produced Wes Anderson’s debut feature film “Bottle Rocket,” passed away on June 9, at her Venice home, from complications of systemic scleroderma. She was 64.

Hargrave was the first producer to leverage a Sundance Film Festival short film into a Hollywood studio feature, with Wes Anderson’s 1993 debut, “Bottle Rocket,” starring Owen and Luke Wilson. In addition to producing the original short, she was a producer on the subsequent 1996 feature of the same name, now regarded as an indie classic.

“When Bob Wilson introduced me and his sons Owen, Luke, and Andrew to Kit Carson and Cynthia Hargrave thirty years ago, he introduced us to the pathway to the rest of our lives. We think of both of our old friends often and very fondly, and we send our condolences to all of Cynthia’s closest friends and family,” Wes Anderson said in a statement.

Additionally, Hargrave executive produced Morgan J. Freeman’s 1997 debut feature, “Hurricane Streets,” which was a nominee for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, and the first-ever film to win three awards at the festival.

Other producing credits include Michael Rymer’s 2001 film, “Perfume,” which featured an ensemble cast including Jeff Goldblum and Rita Wilson, along with “Bullfighter,” which was the directorial debut of Danish filmmaker Rune Bendixen and starred Willem Dafoe, Olivier Martinez, Michelle Forbes and Jared Harris. “Bullfighter” also featured cameos
from friends Guillermo del Toro and Robert Rodriguez.

Hargrave served as a production consultant on feature films, most recently Roland Emmerich’s “Midway,” and
Jon Avnet’s “Righteous Kill,” starring Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino.

Hargrave was a native of Los Angeles. She graduated with a B.S. in business from California State University, Northridge. Her early work included a job as tour accountant for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and she met screenwriter and actor L.M. Kit Carson (“Paris, Texas”) while working for entertainment business manager Stan Nugit. Hargrave and Carson married in New York City in 1988. They worked together and remained married until Mr. Carson’s death in 2014.

Hargrave is survived by her companion of six years, Eddy Burnett.

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