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Julian Piers Plowden


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Julian Piers Plowden Obituary
January 9, 1931 - May 18, 2016 Julian Piers Plowden Julian Piers Plowden of Venice, California, passed away at age 85 on May 18, 2016. He was surrounded by his family and died peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer. Julian Piers Plowden was born in England on January 9, 1931, the second child to Colonel Piers Standish Plowden and Cynthia Critchley. Julian, known to his close friends and family as "Poppy," was educated at Ampleforth College and then served in the British Army in 1953. In 1956, while in London, he met the love of his life, Judith Hall Rathvon, of New York. They wed in New York in the Lady Chapel of St. Patrick's Cathedral on November 29, 1956. Julian and Judie moved to Mexico City in 1957, and Julian began working as an assistant and script reader for producer John Sutro. Julian soon worked for a film company in Mexico City. Julian and Judie spent a wonderful 3 ½ years in Mexico where their first son, Peter, was born. In 1961, they moved to Brentwood, California and Julian began working in the Hollywood world. In 1963, their second child, Geoffrey, was born. Julian was a successful writer in television. In 1965, their third child, Damien was born. In 1974, Julian became Director of Development and the head of the story department at Paramount Studios. In 1978, Julian was lured to Lorimar Productions, serving as Vice President in charge of Creative Affairs. Following Lorimar, he and Judie worked on scripts as they raised their three sons. These scripts included the 40 Days of Musa Dagh for German producer Ottokar Runze, adapting the Franz Werfel novel about the Armenian genocide. Another long writing challenge was a screenplay about Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for U.S. President. MGM studios was behind this project. Whenever the opportunity arose, Julian's favorite pastime was to go fly fishing with friends and family. Julian loved the Sierras, and was happiest by a stream with his wife and family. Julian also loved giving and attending parties, captivating guests with stories filled with great wit and humor. Julian is survived by his wife Judie, his sister Perdita Burlingame of New York, Julian's two sons, Peter and Geoffrey, their wives Christine and Barbara, and five grandchildren, Sean, Julian, Sierra, Kailyn and Sarah. A private memorial will be held in the near future. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Julian's name to the and California Trout.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 20, 2016
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