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Riverside Memorial Chapel

180 West 76Th Street, New York, NY

OBITUARY

Robert E BRADFORD

May 25, 1925July 2, 2019

Robert E. Bradford , a film and television producer, and the husband of Barbara Taylor Bradford, O.B.E., the novelist, has died in New York’s Weill Cornell Hospital after a short illness. This year they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Robert Bradford produced nine of his wife’s books as mini series and movies-of-the-week for NBC and CBS. It was Robert who said books should be promoted as films were and he was the first to take a full page ad on the back page of the Art Section of the New York Times. He continued to take those back pages to promote many of her books. Robert Bradford, debonair and charismatic, was German-born and French-educated. At the end of World War II he left war-torn Europe, and headed for New York, where he had a relative. He already spoke English, and soon found a job in public relations. But eventually he went to Hollywood, following his dream to be a movie producer. In no time at all he had acquired two formidable mentors, Louis Blau of Loeb and Loeb, the renowned lawyer, and Jessie L. Lasky, founder of Paramount Pictures, who gave him his first job in movies. Several years later, Mr. Bradford served as a VP for Samuel Bronston Productions in Madrid. Among his film credits from this era are El Cid, Fifty-Five Days in Peking and John Paul Jones. Later he was president and CEO of Franco London Films in Paris. While at this noted independent French film company he supervised major productions including John Frankenheimer’s Impossible Object starring Alan Bates and Dominique Sanda. He personally oversaw production of the much-nominated French hit movie Mourir D’Aimer starring Annie Girardot. The film became the biggest financial and award-winning production of the year in France. It was bought by MGM and released in the US under the title To Die of Love. In the 1980s, Mr. Bradford formed his own production company and began to film the novels written by his wife Barbara Taylor Bradford. The TV miniseries and movies-of-the-week produced by him starred such actors as Sir Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson, Deborah Kerr, Jenny Seagrove, James Brolin, Stephen Collins, Sir John Mills, Lindsey Wagner, Elizabeth Hurley and Victoria Principal. All of these movies were filmed in London. At the time of his death, Mr. Bradford was planning a remake of his wife’s international bestseller A Woman of Substance. Services 12:30 P.M. Wednesday July 10, 2019 at the Riverside, 76th Street & Amsterdam Avenue. In lieu of flowers donations to NY Weil Cornell Medical Center. https://give.weill.cornell.edu/

Services

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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Katharina Kraegel- Lefkowitz

July 6, 2019

My mom passed of stroke a few months back. She was 88 and chose to retain just a few possessions; one was Woman of Substance that we both read many years ago, more than once, and always remembered it. She underlined and jotted notes in her copy. True treasure. And then for Mr. Bradford to bring it to tv... I’m sure the remake would have been wonderful💕
-thank you for your love story you chose to share
Signed- a native New Yorker, 1st generation born of German parents

Kathryn Falk

July 5, 2019

I have so many happy memories of Bob and always admired his understanding and kindness to his wife and her career. He was a wonderful and lively conversationalist and I treasure our talks and his advice.
Bob outshone all the novelists' husbands for the past 37 years I was in the book industry. He kept in touch with her readers and was always on top of the international publishing world with her books and films.

John Shannon

July 5, 2019

I am saddened by the news of Bob Bradford’s sudden passing and offer my heartfelt condolences to Barbara. It was a great pleasure to meet both when Barbara was awarded the Medal of Honour by the St. George’s Society of New York during my time as the Society’s executive director. They became regular attendees of annual English Ball thereafter. He was an accomplished and charming man, the world is the poorer for his loss.

Georgia M. & Michael W.

July 5, 2019

Our dear friend Barbara,
Bob will always be remembered for his integrity, elegance, compassion, generosity and the loving manner for which he adored you. He was a sterling role model we will forever admire.
Love Georgia & Michael

Arthur Klebanoff

July 4, 2019

Barbara

In recent years Roger Cooper and I had periodic lunches with Bob at the Century. We always had lively conversation both about the publishing business and the world around us.

I was particularly pleased to have the opportunity to publish your early books in eBook after working with you and Bob so many years ago with Mort Janklow.

I will always remember him fondly. And I think of the two of you as the model couple and an inspiration for me as my wife and I celebrate 41 years together. He will be missed

Best, Arthur

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY