June 6, 1993
Movie producer, director, and screenwriter James Bridges died in Los Angeles, California. He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in his hometown of Paris (Logan County). Along with some of the most popular films of the 1970s and 1980s, his Arkansas legacy includes the James Bridges Performing Arts Scholarship Fund at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) and the James Bridges Collection in the UCA Archives, which includes manuscripts, memorabilia, and videos of his movies as well as photographs of the filming of 9/30/55 in Conway (Faulkner County). In 1999, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) dedicated the James Bridges Theatre, which regularly screens the UCLA Film and Television Archives.