Producer Sharon Mary Cicero Dies at 53

Courtesy of Barbara Mandel
Sharon Cicero

She was president of Madonna's Maverick Films and a partner at Longbow Productions, working on such telefilms as "The Summer of Ben Tyler," starring James Woods.

Sharon Mary Cicero, a former agent and producer for Maverick Films and Longbow Productions, died March 12 in her Los Angeles home after a long illness. She was 53.

Cicero worked at CAA as a packaging agent in its television department before exiting in 1992 to join Madonna's Maverick as its president. A year later, she was named vp at Longbow and later became partner.

She continued to work as an indie producer with Ronnie Clemmer, one of the founders of Longbow, after that company closed, and together they went on to produce telefilms.

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Her credits include CBS' The Summer of Ben Tyler (1996), starring James Woods and Elizabeth McGovern; CBS' Forever Love (1998), with Reba McEntire and Tim Matheson; and Lifetime's Acceptance (2009), starring Mae Whitman and Joan Cusack.

Cicero was born in Hollywood, grew up in Sherman Oaks and attended UCLA, where she graduated with a degree in kinesiology and biology in 1982. After two years at medical school, a chance summer internship in the entertainment industry altered her career, and she joined CAA.

Survivors include her children Sarah, 16, and Luke, 11; her parents Joe and Del; her siblings Karen, Suzy and Matt; and her nieces Olivia, Audrey, Tess and Phoebe.

A mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday in Santa Monica at St. Monica’s Church, where she taught 6th Grade Catechism for 10 years.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Cicero’s honor to the City of Hope (please indicate “For Dr. Forman Research”) or the UCLA Foundation.