Dana Baratta, Writer and Producer on 'Private Practice' and 'Jessica Jones,' Dies at 59

Dana Baratta
Courtesy Michele Robertson Co.

Dana Baratta

She also worked on series including 'Dawson's Creek,' 'Providence' and 'Good Behavior.'

Dana Baratta, a writer and producer on such shows as Dawson's Creek, Private Practice and Jessica Jones, died Sunday at her Los Angeles home after a long battle with ovarian cancer, her family announced. She was 59.

Raised in Maine, Baratta also worked on series including Providence, Pasadena, Cracking Up, The Secret Circle and, most recently, TNT's Good Behavior.

For the big screen, she wrote and produced Andre (1994), a family film about a seal.

Survivors include her husband, David; stepsons Mathew (and his wife, Jen) and Michael; sister Lise; and brothers Mark and David.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to support Dr. Beth Y. Karlan's Research Advancement Fund at UCLA Health Sciences Development, Attn: Heidi Saravia, P.O. Box 7145, Pasadena, CA 91109-9903. (Please make checks payable to The UCLA Foundation and indicate in the memo line that the gift is in memory of Baratta.) Or gifts can be made here.

Feel free to contact Saravia at (310) 206-4565 or hsaravia@mednet.ucla.edu with questions.