Robert E. Bradford Dies: Film & TV Producer, was 92

Barbara Taylor Bradford’s husband, film and television producer Robert E. Bradford, passed away on July 2 at Weill Cornell Medical Centre in New York City after having a stroke a week earlier at their Manhattan residence. A family representative acknowledged his passing. Bradford was age 92.

Following a recent stroke at their Manhattan home, Bradford passed away on Tuesday at New York’s NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Centre, according to spokeswoman Maria Boyle. His 86-year-old wife was by his side.

He established his own production firm in the 1980s and started filming Barbara Taylor Bradford novels for NBC and CBS in London. They featured A Secret Affair, Love in Another Town, Her Own Rules, To Be the Best, Remember, Hold the Dream, Voice of the Heart, and Love in Another Town. He managed and controlled her international commercial interests.

Badford was born in Germany but fled the devastated continent of Europe at the close of World War II to seek a career in movies. He first settled in New York and then Hollywood. She had close relationships with renowned attorney Louis Blau of Loeb and Loeb and Jessie L. Lasky, the founder of Paramount Pictures, in Los Angeles.

Years later, he produced films like “El Cid,” “Fifty-Five Days in Peking,” and “John Paul Jones” while working as the vice president of Samuel Bronston Productions in Madrid. He later worked as the CEO of Franco London Films in Paris, where he oversaw the movies “Impossible Object” by John Frankenheimer, starring Alan Bates and Dominique Sanda, and “Mourir D’Aimer” (“To Die of Love”), starring Annie Girardot.

Bradford established his own production firm in the 1980s and started making films based on his wife Barbara Taylor Bradford’s books. Sir Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson, Deborah Kerr, Jenny Seagrove, James Brolin, Stephen Collins, Sir John Mills, Lindsey Wagner, Elizabeth Hurley, and Victoria Principal were among the performers who starred in those films. All of them were shot in London.

Bradford was about to rework his wife’s smash hit A Woman of Substance when he passed away.

Services will be held at the Riverside, 76th Street & Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, at 12:30 PM on Wednesday, July 10. Donations to the New York Weil Cornell Medical Centre can be offered in lieu of flowers.

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