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Audrey Wells (1960 - 2018), screenwriter of “The Hate U Give”

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Writer/Director of “Under the Tuscan Sun”

Audrey Wells was a writer and director whose work includes “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “A Dog’s Purpose,” and “The Game Plan.” Her last project was writing the screenplay for “The Hate U Give,” a drama based on the 2017 novel by Angie Thomas. The movie was released on October 5, one day after she passed away.

“The Hate U Give” has received very positive reviews from critics. The powerful movie is about a black teenager who witnesses a police shooting and finds the strength to do the right thing.

 She is survived by her daughter, Tatiana, and her husband, Brian Larky.

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Died: Monday, October 4, 2018 (Who else died on October 4?)

Details of death: Died from cancer at the age of 58, according to her agency UTA.

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What people said about her: “She was, simply, the most incredible wife and partner imaginable, and she knew always that she was loved by Tatiana, me, and the friends who were her chosen family. She said just recently, ‘We’re so lucky, honey. We got to live a love story. Who gets to do that?’ We will carry her forward with us forever — as a mother, as a wife, as an artist and creator, and as a friend. She was irreplaceable.” – Her husband Brian

20th Century Fox, the studio that released “The Hate U Give,” said in a statement, "We are simply heartbroken. Audrey's was a voice of empowerment and courage, and her words will live on through the strong, determined female characters she brought to life.”

"The strong, independent female characters she shaped resonate today more than ever and will be a part of her legacy always." "We will miss her amazing, spirit, creativity and the love she gave us." - United Talent Agency co-President David Kramer

Full obituary: Los Angeles Times

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