Jill Gurr, a veteran script supervisor who founded the nonprofit Create Now which matches entertainment industry mentors with at-risk youth, has died. She was 71 years old.
Gurr died Jan. 13 in her sleep in her Hollywood apartment of an unknown cause, said Brandon Dean Johnson, CEO of Create Now. The Hollywood Reporter.
As a script supervisor for more than two decades from the early 1980s, Gurr worked on films and television shows, including Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), Society Threat II (1993) and the syndicated series 1997-98 Conan the Adventurer.
She also adapted a crime novel by James Hadley Chase for Rigged (1986), with George Kennedy, and wrote a 1988 installment of PBS’ The Immortals which starred Ed Asner as Socrates. She has also published three books.
Born on February 12, 1950, Gurr was fluent in Spanish, French and Italian. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in broadcasting and film, then traveled the world.
She said her life changed while working for directors Albert and Allen Hughes on Society Threat II, filmed around the time of the Los Angeles riots in 1992.
At the Optimist Youth Homes in Highland Park, Gurr gave a screenwriting workshop to 30 incarcerated teenagers, and many of them learned to read and write through his classes. She then led a screenwriting workshop at another juvenile detention center.
Thanks to a $5,000 donation from screenwriter Leslie Stevens, creator of television series The outer limits, she launched Write Now in October 1996. The organization, renamed Create Now two years later, has expanded to include music, dance, culinary arts and fashion.
“Even though Jill is no longer with us, we are determined and even more focused on preserving her legacy and building on her vision to help underserved communities through the arts,” Create Now said in a statement. communicated.
Survivors include her sister, Michelle, and her nephew, Devan. Donations in his memory can be made to Create Now.