Paula Weinstein dead at 78: The Emmy-winning producer’s family announces her passing in heartfelt tribute: ‘She shattered barriers in Hollywood’

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  •  Paula Weinstein died peacefully, at age 78, at her home in New York on Monday
  •  Her daughter, Hannah Rosenberg announced the news in a heartfelt statement
  • She is known for producing films like The Perfect Storm and Analyze
  • Weinstein worked as an executive producer on 94 episodes of Grace and Frankie

Emmy-Winning producer Paula Weinstein, best known for her films The Perfect Storm and Analyze This, died peacefully, at age 78, at her home in New York. 

Her daughter, Hannah Rosenberg, announced the news in a heartfelt statement on Monday, obtained by Variety, in which she remembered her mother as a ‘masterful producer and a force of nature for the things she believed in.’ 

‘The world is a lesser place without my mother,’ she wrote. ‘She shattered barriers in Hollywood and always lifted other women along with her.’ 

Rosenberg continued: ‘I know my mother would want me to add this: if you’d like to honor her, please stop what you are doing and turn your attention toward reelecting President Biden and making sure Democrats win down the ballot so we can be sure Democracy survives in America and around the world.’

Emmy-Winning producer Paula Weinstein, best known for her films The Perfect Storm and Analyze This, died peacefully, at age 78, at her home in New York

Additionally, Rosenberg marveled at Weinstein’s ‘illustrious career’ and how she ‘fought to tell’ the social justice causes she championed.

The television producer won two primetime Emmys for producing the TV movies Truman and Recount. 

More recently, Weinstein worked as an executive producer on all 94 episodes of Netflix’s hit series Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, which ran from 2015 to 2022.

She was married to producer Mark Rosenberg until his death, at the age of 44, in 1992.

Weinstein and her late spouse co-founded the production company, Spring Creek Productions, in 1990. 

Rosenberg, died on the set of the neo noir mystery thriller Flesh and Bone in 1992.   

‘I’m excited about these movies coming out. I’m very proud of them, of the work that Mark and I did together, and at the same time there is a level of sadness because he’s not here to enjoy them, and see the remarkable work of these two directors and scripts and people he believed in come to fruition,’ she told the Los Angeles Times, at the time.  

She is also known for producing Fearless, This Is Where I Leave You, Too Big to Fail, The Company Men, The Astronaut Farmer and Monster-in-Law.

Weinstein worked as an executive producer on all 94 episodes of Netflix's hit series Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin; seen in April 2022

Weinstein worked as an executive producer on all 94 episodes of Netflix’s hit series Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin; seen in April 2022

Her daughter, Hannah Rosenberg, announced the news in a heartfelt statement on Monday, obtained by Variety , in which she remembered her mother as a 'masterful producer and a force of nature for the things she believed in' (Weinstein seen in 2018)

Her daughter, Hannah Rosenberg, announced the news in a heartfelt statement on Monday, obtained by Variety , in which she remembered her mother as a ‘masterful producer and a force of nature for the things she believed in’ (Weinstein seen in 2018)

Over her nearly 40-year career, she also two ‘Crystal Awards from Women in Film, the Hall of Fame Award from Variety, the National Urban League Citizen Award, and the Bill of Rights Award from the Southern California Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.’

In 2013, Weinstein was named the Executive Vice President of Tribeca Enterprises, before stepping down in September 2023 to focus on political causes. 

‘I don’t want to sit on the sidelines and rail about everything,’ she told Deadline in September. ‘I really want to jump in, fully, into the campaigns. Both statewide and national campaigns. It just feels very much like a moment…between the climate, and book banning and everything else that I don’t need to go into.’ 

According to Variety, she also was founding member of the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee and former board member of the ACLU of Southern California.

Over her nearly 40-year career, she also two 'Crystal Awards from Women in Film, the Hall of Fame Award from Variety, the National Urban League Citizen Award, and the Bill of Rights Award from the Southern California Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union' (pictured in 2018)

Over her nearly 40-year career, she also two ‘Crystal Awards from Women in Film, the Hall of Fame Award from Variety, the National Urban League Citizen Award, and the Bill of Rights Award from the Southern California Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union’ (pictured in 2018)

She is survived by daughter, Hannah. 

Her final Instagram post from March, 2022, showed her posing alongside Hannah, who had just completed a half marathon for MMRF.

‘Hannah’s cheer leaders,’ she captioned the image while her daughter posed with one arm wrapped around Weinstein’s shoulders. 

Following the news of Weinstein’s death, actress Alysia Reiner shared an emotional tribute. 

Her final Instagram post from March, 2022, showed her posing alongside daughter Hannah, who had just completed a half marathon for MMRF

Her final Instagram post from March, 2022, showed her posing alongside daughter Hannah, who had just completed a half marathon for MMRF

Following the news of Weinstein's death, actress Alysia Reiner shared an emotional tribute

Following the news of Weinstein’s death, actress Alysia Reiner shared an emotional tribute

‘Oh, Paula. I can’t remember the last time I read something on the Internet and truly gasped and broke out into automatic tears. Paul Weinstein, I didn’t know what a hero you were to me until this moment,’ she captioned a photo of them together. 

Reiner continued: ‘So many lunches, pep talks, and events. How many wise words you have shared with me personally, or in huge rooms, that truly lifted my soul, that made every cell of my being want to go out make art and give an opportunity to another woman.’ 

‘My heart is with your family & @janetribeca & the whole @tribeca family. Thank you. I love you. I treasure you. I commit to continue to champion all you believed in. Thank you,’ she concluded. 

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