Catherine Cyran, the Daytime Emmy-nominated director of more than 20 features, died on Christmas Eve, according to multiple Facebook posts from those close to her. While a cause of death has not yet been reported, she was 59.
“Today we lost a beautiful soul, Catherine Cyran..This Chriatmas Eve You slipped through my fingers peacefully,” wrote Gary B Bigger Jr. on December 24. “My mentor & director who truly loved me…I never thought angels existed till now.”
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The Brooklyn-born Cyran was a graduate of both Harvard and Stanford Business School who also regularly worked as a writer and producer, over the course of her more than 30-year career. Her introduction to the world of filmmaking came as the writer-producer for assorted low-budget films from Roger Corman — first among them, such titles as A Cry in the Wild, Slumber Party Massacre III and Bloodfist II.
Cyran’s breakthrough as a director came in 1993 with White Wolves: A Cry in the Wild II — a family adventure pic, for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy, in the category of Outstanding Directing in a Children’s Special. Additional directing credits for the multi-hyphenate included the river-rafting pic Dangerous Waters; the Showtime horror Sawbones; the actioner True Heart with Kirsten Dunst; three of four installments in the Prince & Me series of rom-coms; and the holiday comedy Christmas Do-Over with Jay Mohr, to name just a few. Cyran’s final film was one of many holiday-themed titles she made for TV over the years — a rom-com titled Our Italian Christmas Memories, with three-time Emmy winner Beau Bridges, which bowed on Hallmark in November.
A member of the Writers Guild of America, as well as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Directors Guild of Canada, Cyran also notably penned a YA novel titled Island of the Last Great Auk, which was based on her own award-winning screenplay, The Last Story.
Memorial plans have not yet been disclosed.
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