‘9 1/2 Weeks’ Screenwriter Patricia Louisianna Knop Dies at 78

Patricia Louisianna Knop, a television and film screenwriter best known for co-writing the 1986 drama “9 1/2 Weeks,” died Aug. 7 from undisclosed causes. She was 78.

Knop’s daughter, artist Gillian Lefkowitz, announced the news last week. “Rip to my incredible mother ♥️ magical thinker, treasure seeker, writer, painter, sculpture, dreamer, builder, creator of so many things, lover of life,” Lefkowtiz wrote on Instagram. “You will be missed and beyond. It’s an end of an incredible era.”

Knop’s first credited screenplay was for the 1976 adaptation of “The Passover Plot,” followed by “Lady Oscar,” from director Jacques Demy in 1979. But she was best known for several film and television projects, mainly erotic dramas, that she wrote or co-produced in the 1980s and 1990s while working with her husband, producer Zalman King.

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Among these projects were “9 1/2 Weeks,” starring Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger.

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