Audrey Wells, who wrote and directed the 2003 novel The Comedy Under the Tuscan Sun and the script for the new film The Hate U Give "died after a five-year battle with cancer. She was 58.

A spokesman for the United Talent Agency says Wells died on Thursday.

The native of San Francisco had early jobs as a disc jockey at a local jazz station and on public radio before he joined with the armed forces in the film Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles

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She wrote the screenplays for films like The Truth About Cats and Dogs, a modern day Cyrano de Bergerac with Uma Thurman, and Shall We Dance with Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere. She made her directorial debut in 1999 with the indie "Guinevere" with Sarah Polley as a young woman and her relationship with an older mentor.

Wells also wrote the script for the critically acclaimed new movie "The Hate U Give." An adaptation of Angie Thomas's youth novel about a police turn of a young black man. The film starring Amandla Stenberg is now limited edition, before being expanded nationwide on October 19th.

UTA co-president David Kramer said in a statement that Wells was "really special"

"The strong, independent female characters today resonated more than ever and will always be part of their legacy," said Chandler. "We will miss her amazing, her spirit, her creativity and the love she has given us."

Wells survives her husband Brian Larky and her daughter Tatiana. Larky said in a statement that Wells "bravely fought against her illness" and "surrounded by love" died.

The family has asked instead of flowers to donate to Wells' favorite nonprofit organizations, the Feminist Majority Foundation, to American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenting.

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