Literary Agent Caren Bohrman Dies at 56

Caren Bohrman, a literary agent and founder of the Bohrman Agency, died on Nov. 18, after a battle with cancer.

Caren Bohrman, a literary agent and founder of the Bohrman Agency, died on Nov.18, after a long battle with cancer. She was 55 and had been living in the Oakland area since August under the care of her sister Catherine.

A native of Los Angeles, Bohrman went to college at Sonoma State University and originally intended to become a journalist, following her father Stan Bohrman, the investigative reporter and anchor for KABC-TV in Los Angeles, KPIX-TV in San Francisco.

But she decided to enter representation, and over the next 30 years as involved in nearly 200 screenplays and pilots.  She established her own firm, the Bohrman Agency, in 1994. 

Bohrman also produced a number of films, including  “The Fugitive,” “Warlock,” “Crazy/Beautiful,” “Buckaroo Banzai,” “TheUnited States of Leland” and “Employee of the Month.”

"Bohrman was a word person in a picture town, whose primary allegiance was to the script," her sister wrote in a tribute posted on FishbowlLA.  "A voracious reader, she juggled dozens  at any one time, scrupulously working over plot points, color, tone, dialogue and narrative. Her idealism shaped her approach to work, and deeply embedded in that ethic was a sense that someone’s dreams of writer stardom could certainly come true, but not until enough sweat and blood — quite often including her’s — had been spent in the effort. Over the years she welcomed neophytes, out-of-towners, newcomers, reasoning that a good and even great idea could come from anywhere."

In addition to her sister Catherine and her brother, David Bohrman, the president of Current TV, Bohrman is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary, her partner Michael Hruska, her niece Amber, grandniece Sloan and nephew Harrison.

She went through major surgery two years ago without the benefit of insurance. Donations in her name to help cover her medical bills may be made to her sister or Hruska. 

Neither the Bohrman Agency nor David Bohrman could not be reached for comment.