Patricia Louisianna Knop, Screenwriter on '9 1/2 Weeks,' Dies at 78

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She also wrote and produced for Showtime's 'Red Shoe Diaries,' created by her husband, Zalman King.

Patricia Louisianna Knop, a producer and screenwriter who worked on the erotic film 9 1/2 Weeks, died Aug. 7 in Santa Monica after a long illness. She was 78.

Knop's daughter Gillian Lefkowitz confirmed the death on social media, writing, "RIP to my incredible mother, magical thinker, treasure seeker, writer, painter, sculpture, dreamer, builder, creator of so many things, lover of life. You will be missed and beyond. It's the end of an incredible era."

The writer was a widow of producer-writer Zalman King, who died in 2012.

Knop and King were co-writers on the controversial drama 9 1/2 Weeks (1986), directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. Knop's other credits included Silence of the North (1981), Wild Orchid (1989) and Delta of Venus (1995).

She also co-wrote the book for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Whistle Down the Wind.

In a 2013 interview with cinematographer John Bailey, Knop spoke about her artistry after her husband's death. "I realized that life is truly fleeting and I needed something tangible to hold onto," she said. Knop then returned to a sculpture that she had been working on when King became sick and found what had initially been conceived as a Lady of the Lake took on new meaning. "Now, it has to do with another kind of rebirth: my own. It's an expression of grief, and at the same time, strength. It's a means of expressing something that in a million years I wouldn't be able to put into words."

Born on Oct. 23, 1940, in Muskegon, Michigan, Knop began her career in 1976 with The Passover Plot. Her final writing and producing credit came on King's Showtime series Red Shoe Diaries, starring David Duchovny. 

She is survived by Lefkowitz and her other daughter, Chloe King.