'Henry & June' co-writer dies

Rose Kaufman began her screenwriting career in the '70s

Rose Kaufman, who with her husband Philip Kaufman co-wrote "Henry & June," the first NC-17 rated film, died Dec. 7 at her San Francisco home after a four-year battle with cancer. She was 70.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, who also directed "Henry & June," and their son Peter, who produced the drama.

Kaufman began her screenwriting career in the early 1970s after Peter mentioned to her that Richard Price's novel "The Wanderers" would make a good movie. The Kaufmans wrote a screenplay based on the book, and Philip directed the 1979 film.

Years later, the couple collaborated on the groundbreaking "Henry & June," a 1990 adaptation of Anais Nin's memoir of her love affair with writer Henry Miller and his wife, June. The film took advantage of the MPAA ratings system's adults-only rating introduced that year and was one of the rare studio releases to have gone out with an NC-17.

A native of Saugus, Mass., Rose Kaufman worked as an actor and script supervisor on her husband's film "Goldstein," which shared the Prix de la Nouvelle Critique at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival. She also had small roles in "Henry & June" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1978).

Kaufman was a member of the WGA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Other survivors include her daughter-in-law Christine Pelosi and grandchildren Octavio and Isabella. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to here.