Producer, exec Mary Anne Page dies

Worked on 'Rain Man'; guided Tom Hanks' early career

Mary Anne Page, a film producer and studio executive who worked on films included the 1988 multiple Oscar winner "Rain Man," died Jan. 11 of cancer in Scotch Plains, N.J. She was 59.

Page helped guide the early career of Tom Hanks as president of his production company in the 1980s and later worked at United Artists and with Ray Stark and Robert Pittman at their production outfits.

A native of Chicago, Page left the Wall Street firm of Lebenthal & Co. to become president of Hanks' company, where she oversaw films including one of the actor's first serious outings, "Nothing in Common" (1986), co-starring Jackie Gleason.

Page then joined Rastar, where she worked with Stark and supervised films including Francis Ford Coppola's "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986). She moved to UA, where she became vp production and oversaw development and production on Barry Levinson's "Rain Man" (1989), Keenen Ivory Wayans' "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" (1988), James Bridges' "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988) and Barbra Streisand's "The Prince of Tides" (1991).

Page left to become executive vp of Pittman's Universal-based Quantum Media, where she produced Brian Helgeland's first film, "Highway to Hell" (1991).

She then became an independent producer at Fox, where she produced "The Good Son" (1993). Two other films she produced, "The Night We Never Met" (1993) and "Chump Change" (2000), were picked up by Miramax.

After relocating to New York, Page became head of original programming for Plum TV, a cable network with stations in ritzy locales like Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, the Hamptons, Aspen, Telluride and Vail.

Donations in Page's memory may be made to the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains or to a no-kill animal shelter of their choice.