Her nephew Michael Frank announced her death to the New York Times.
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Frank and Ravetch worked on 17 features together after meeting whileÂ writers at MGM.Â She and Ravetch were married from 1946 until his death in 2010 at age 89.
Frank and Ravetch worked on eight movies directed by Martin Ritt, starting with â€œThe Long, Hot Summerâ€ in 1958, followed by â€œThe Sound and the Furyâ€ in 1959 and â€œHudâ€ in 1963. â€œHud,â€ based on Larry McMurtryâ€™s â€œHorseman, Pass By,â€ was nominated for seven Academy Awards. In addition to the Oscar nomination, the â€œHudâ€ screenplay received the best written American drama award from the Writers Guild of America and an award from the New York Film Critics Circle.
Frank, Ravetch and Ritt collaborated on 1974â€™s â€œConrack,â€ starring Jon Voight and based on Pat Conroyâ€™s â€œThe Water Is Wide,â€ and 1979â€™s â€œNorma Rae,â€ starring Sally Field in a story based on the life of union organizer Crystal Lee Jordan. Field won her first Oscar for best actress for the role. The trio also collaborated on 1985â€™s â€œMurphyâ€™s Romance,â€ toplined by Field and James Garner, and 1990â€™s â€œStanley & Iris,â€ with Jane Fonda and Robert De Niro.
The couple also wrote the screenplays for â€œThe Dark at the Top of the Stairs,â€ â€œHouse of Cardsâ€ and â€œThe Spikes Gang.â€
Frank was born in Portland, Ore., in 1923, to Sam Goldstein and Edith Frances Goldstein. Her mother changed the family name to Frank, becoming Harriet Frank Sr., and making her teenage daughter Harriet Frank Jr. The family moved to Los Angeles and Harriet Frank Sr. became a story editor for MGM. Her daughter was hired as a screenwriter trainee at the same studio, where she met Ravetch and married him.
The newlyweds discovered after returning from their honeymoon that they had been fired by MGM. The couple then found employment at Warner Bros. Harriet Frank Jr. also wrote stories for the Saturday Evening Post and Collierâ€™s, and wrote the novels â€œSingleâ€ and â€œSpecial Effectsâ€ about a movie studio story editor.
Frank Jr. lived in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles. She is survived by her brother Marty.
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