Anita W. Addison
Anita W. Addison
Anita Laraine Wharton Addison
September 6, 1952
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
|Died||January 24, 2004 (aged 51)|
New York City, New York, United States
|Other names||Anita Addison|
|Occupation||Television and film director, television producer|
Anita Laraine Wharton Addison (September 6, 1952 – January 24, 2004) was an American television and film director and producer. She was one of the first African American women to be a senior producer for a major television network.
Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, her parents were educators and civil rights activists. Her father, Donald Addison, was a sociology professor at North Carolina A&T. Her mother was Ruth Wharton Addison. Addison graduated from high school in Wisconsin.
Addison began working as a journalist at People, Money, Fortune, and as a researcher for Time magazine, before embarking on a directing and producing career. She took classes at New York University's school of film. She then worked as an analyst of Nielsen ratings for a small, independent TV station in Los Angeles.
In 1990 she earned a master's degree in fine arts from UCLA and began her career in TV and film.
From 1995 to 1998, Addison was VP of drama development at CBS. After leaving CBS, she worked on numerous television series including Family Law and EZ Streets with director and writer Paul Haggis. In 1999, she directed the television movie Deep in My Heart. Addison died on January 24, 2004 in New York City. When she died she was a producer at paramount Television and had just finished directing the pilot for "Manhattan Valley." Haggis dedicated his Oscar-winning film Crash to Addison.
Addison was in New York City working on a television series when she became ill in mid-January. She was admitted to New York-Presbyterian hospital, and died a week later. There was no funeral or memorial held at the time she died. Her body was donated to science, and people were encouraged to make donations in her memory to their favorite causes. The cause of death was breast cancer.
- Eva's Man (1976)
- Quantum Leap (1989-93)
- Freddy's Nightmares (1 episode, 1990)
- Deep In My Heart
- Knots Landing (1 episode, 1991)
- Sisters (1 episode, 1991)
- There Are No Children Here (1993)
- ER (1 episode, 1995)
- EZ Streets (1 episode, 1997)
- Judging Amy (1 episode, 2000)
- Sisters (7 episodes, 1991)
- It Had to Be You (1993)
- That's Life (Executive producer) (22 episodes, 2001–02)
- Copshop (2004)
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