‘Rockford’ Producer Dies

Jan 7, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Meta Rosenberg, executive producer of “The Rockford Files” and recipient of four Emmy Awards, died in her sleep at the age of 89. During her 65-year career Ms. Rosenberg worked as an agent and a story editor, selling to networks projects such as “Julia,” starring Diahann Carroll as an African American nurse and single mother, “Hogan’s Heroes,” a comedy about a World War II prison camp and “Ben Casey,” a drama about doctors.

Ms. Rosenberg became a producer when she partnered with client James Garner on a number of series-including the award-winning “The Rockford Files,” which aired on NBC from 1974-80.

“I was extremely fond of Meta,” Mr. Garner said in a statement. “Our working relationship was a great success and I will always cherish the wonderful memories.”

“Sopranos” creator David Chase, a writer on “Rockford,” said Ms. Rosenberg was “a complete original and totally, absolutely fearless. …She led an extraordinary adventure of a life through the force of her personality, her genius and her charm. She was a successful woman in a ‘man’s’ industry, on her own terms, long before there was Women in Film or any of that.”

Plans for a memorial are to be announced.