Josephine Hart, writer, theatricalproducer and television presenter:born Mullingar, County Westmeath,Ireland 1 March 1942; married firstly Paul Buckley (marriage dissolved; one son), 1984 Maurice Saatchi (one son); died London 2 June 2011.
She kept her illness secret for two years; her agent, Ed Victor, said he only found out how ill she really was the day before she died. Last week her latest poetry project opened at the Donmar Warehouse, a week-long series of readings, including Jeremy Irons and Felicity Kendal performing Paradise Lost. Victor added that Josephine Hart's passion for literature and poetry "burned with the purest flame".
Three days before her death, on the Monday afternoon, she arrived at the Donmar Warehouse for rehearsals for the week-long Josephine Hart Poetry Hour, which was to be staged there. On Tuesday night, Ed Victor, Josephine's close friend and long-time agent, was told that she wouldn't be present that evening. That was odd, as she was a core part of the poetry hour.