Martha De Laurentiis, best known for being the producer on the TV adaptation of Hannibal has died after a battle with cancer according to Bryan Fuller
American film and TV producer Martha De Laurentiis has died after a battle with cancer according to Bryan Fuller.
Fuller, who worked with De Laurentiis on the NBC series Hannibal, said she “died peacefully with her family at her side” on December 4 at the age of 67.
As well as Hannibal, De Laurentiis was well known for her work on other TV adaptations, including Red Dragon.
She had over 40 years of experience in the industry and was the wife of the late Dino De Laurentiis.
Fuller took to Instagram to write: “What an amazing lady. Martha De Laurentiis left us yesterday peacefully with her family at her side. Long live Martha and her brilliant legacy.”
He also shared several pictures of the star with a beaming smile as they enjoyed working together.
Speaking to Deadline, he added: “I met Martha DeLaurentiis 10 years ago. She welcomed me into her home, and fed me perfectly cooked pasta overwhelmed with white truffles as I professed to her my love for Hannibal Lecter, the cannibal psychiatrist.
“I’m writing now to profess my love and deep admiration for Martha, the canny producer. Through decades of on-the-ground, in-the-trenches filmmaking, she evolved a signature style. Smart, tasteful, elegant, respectful and present. Always positive and always pulled together.
“She read every draft of every script, was on set every opportunity. She was the most glamorous cheerleader anyone could ask for.”
He continued: “Martha supported the storytellers with all her might, every artist, every craftsperson. She treated us all like family. Martha DeLaurentiis has been and always will be The Matriarch.”
She formed the Dino De Laurentiis Company in 1980 with her partner and eventual husband, Dino. The pair tied the knot in 1990 and remained married until Dino died in 2010.
Martha was credited as Martha Schumacher on a number of her productions until 1995. This included her first associate producer credit on the 1984 Stephen King adaptation Firestarter.
Other credits she received included Hannibal Rising, Raw Deal, Silver Bullet, King Kong Lives and U-571.
She is also credited as an executive producer on director Keith Thomas’ new adaptation of Firestarter which is set for release in 2022.
Following the news of her death, fans took to social media to share their condolences.
Writer and producer Don Mancini wrote: “Martha was an incredible producer and wonderful person. R.I.P.”
Friend Loretta Ramos also penned: “What a devastating loss to all of us who were fortunate to call her friend. RIP Martha De Laurentiis. #FannibalFamilyForever.”
Martha is survived by her two daughters, Carolyna and Dina.
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