Film producer-director Sue Thompson dies at 96

BY: Ellen Barrett, CNN • Updated 31st March 2016 While many of us are just starting to get our feet under the desks for another year, Sue Thompson, the late, legendary filmmaker behind movies…

BY: Ellen Barrett, CNN • Updated 31st March 2016

While many of us are just starting to get our feet under the desks for another year, Sue Thompson, the late, legendary filmmaker behind movies like “Norman,” “High Country,” “Amazing Grace” and “Logan’s Run,” is already saying goodbye.

Thompson died Saturday night at the age of 96 after a long struggle with cancer, according to her family’s website . She wrote about this experience in a 2010 memoir, “No Room at the Hotel: My Life in and Out of Movies”

CNN spoke with her husband, Michael Wood, who described her as a “joy to work with.” “She was the sweetest, sweetest woman,” Wood said. “She was very well-known and loved.”

They were married nearly 50 years and they spent over 40 years together making movies. The company, Woods Bros Films, grew to be known for stylish old movies and documentaries.

Norman, the opening of “Norman,”

“In my opinion, the movies she made, and the way she did them and the attention she put into them, and their theme and what she wanted the story to be about, was unbelievable,” Wood said.

“She always seemed to know when to say when.”

They worked with one another on the education films “Logan’s Run” and “Xavier: From Birth to Death” — two influential classics for students of the early films of Alfred Hitchcock.

“They’ve been an important part of the adventure of educating people,” Wood said.

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