Robert De Niro’s Private Assistant Was 74 – The Hollywood Reporter

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Trixie Flynn, who served as a useful private assistant to such Hollywood A-listers as James Gandolfini, Steve McQueen, James L. Brooks, Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro, has died. She was 74.

Flynn died July 22 of sudden respiratory failure at her dwelling in Marietta, Georgia, her son, theater scenic designer Seamus M. Bourne, instructed The Hollywood Reporter.

Flynn spent 12 years working for Gandolfini and was an assistant producer alongside him as government producer on the HBO documentary Alive Day Recollections: Dwelling From Iraq. She retired shortly after the Sopranos star’s dying in June 2013 and was named a beneficiary in his will.

Paulette Flynn was born on Oct. 23, 1947, in Pittston, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Kearny (New Jersey) Excessive Faculty, then moved to Los Angeles, the place she landed a job with a personal investigator.

She met — and would later marry — actor Don Calfa (The Return of the Residing UselessWeekend at Bernie’s), who launched her to McQueen. She labored for the actor on Tom Horn (1980) and till his dying in November 1980, then was employed by Nicholson when he was starring in The Postman At all times Rings Twice (1981).

By way of her second husband, Timothy M. Bourne, a chef turned areas scout — and later a producer on movies together with The Blind Aspect — she received a gig as De Niro’s private assistant by way of 1989. He known as her “indispensable,” her son famous.

Again in L.A., Flynn labored for writer-producer Brooks at Gracie Movies after which for famed manufacturing designer and producer Polly Platt at Carsey-Werner, then assisted actors Lauren Bacall and Aidan Quinn after a return to New Jersey.

Along with her son, survivors embody her daughter-in-law, Anna, sister Mary Ellen and grandchildren Madeleine and Holden. 

“She might be missed by numerous pals, all of whom would acknowledge the ‘Trixie’ fashion — polka dots, vibrant plaids, loads of purple — as a signature not solely of her distinctive style however of a singular and passionate spirit,” her son mentioned.


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