Prolific Broadway Producer, MGM Exec Darcie Denkert Dies at 64
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Darcie Denkert, a longtime MGM executive and former co-president of the studio's MGM On Stage theater division, passed away on Friday, June 10th at the age of 64. Her publicist Gene Schwam revealed the news that Denkert died following a long battle with cancer.
Denkert produced a host of Broadway shows including DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, LEGALLY BLONDE, PROMISES PROMISES and PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT. She also produced several West End productions.
She began her career as a theatrical lawyer involved in Broadway and off-Broadway productions. In 2002 she was promoted to president of the newly formed MGM Entertainment Business Group, where she was put in charge of MGM on Stage, created to capitalize on licensing and development opportunities for studio properties as stage productions.
In 2005, she published "A Fine Romance", a book which analyzed the relationship between Hollywood and Broadway. All royalties from the book were donated to charity. Denkert was also named director of the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
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