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Dana Baratta, Dawson's Creek' Writer & Producer Dies at 59 after Battling Cancer

Lois Oladejo
Oct 21, 2020
07:55 A.M.
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Famous television writer and producer Dana Baratta recently passed away from ovarian cancer. She is most popular for series like "Dawson's Creek" and Shonda Rhimes' "Private Practice."


Dana Baratta, writer and producer of popular television drama, "Dawson's Creek," has died. The 59-year-old passed away at her Los Angeles residence after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

Following news of her death, there was an outpour of tributes from fans and movie stars who knew Barrata and worked with her in the past.

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American actress Dana Delany took to Twitter to recount her experience working with Barrata and described her as a selfless warrior.

Filmmaker Amy Berg shared her grief and recounted how kind Baratta was to her when they worked together. She concluded by describing her as an excellent writer and an even better friend.


Baratta started her career in 1994 with the movie "Andre," which was directed by George Miller. She worked on the film as a writer and producer. In 1998, Baratta landed her gig with "Dawson's Creek" and wrote seven episodes for the show. She also doubled as a producer for the series.

In 2013, she collaborated with television writer Melissa Rosenberg to co-produce the thriller series "Red Widow."


Baratta's next television job came when she was employed as a producer for the Emmy award-winning series "Providence." In total, she produced 13 episodes and worked as a writer on one episode.

Over time, Barrata gradually worked her way up and soon landed a job as a supervising producer for the Fox series, "North Shore." In 2004, she worked as a co-producer for "Cracking Up."


Baratta also served as an executive producer on the 2007 series "Private Practice." In 2013, she collaborated with television writer Melissa Rosenberg to co-produce the thriller series "Red Widow."

Three years later, Baratta worked as a writer and producer for the Marvel tv drama "Jessica Jones." Her most recent project was TNT's "Good Behavior," where she served as a writer and co-executive producer.

Baratta is survived by her husband David Smith and her stepsons, Mathew Smith and Michael Smith. She also leaves behind her siblings Lise, Mark, and David Baratta.