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Nancy Green-Keyes, Casting Director on ‘The Notebook,’ ‘Rush Hour’ and More, Dies at 68

Nancy Green-Keyes, a casting director who worked on the first two Rush Hour films and on six films directed by Nick Cassavetes, including John Q, The Notebook and My Sister’s Keeper, has died. She was 68.

Green-Keyes died Wednesday of respiratory failure at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center, her brother Andrew told The Hollywood Reporter.

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A former agent, Green-Keyes launched Barry/Green-Keyes Casting with a former client, actor Matthew Barry, and they got their start on Rush Hour (1998), directed by Brett Ratner. They would share Artois Awards from the Casting Society of America in 2002 for The Family Man and in 2005 for The Notebook.

They also cast the Cassavetes films Alpha Dog (2006) — on which they received producer credit, too — Yellow (2012) and The Other Woman (2014).

Green-Keyes also was a producer on 100 Mile Mule (2002), Lonely Street (2008), Bad Country (2014) and Of Mind and Music (2014).

Born on May 29, 1955, in Providence, Rhode Island, Green-Keyes graduated from Brandeis University and came to Los Angeles, where she worked for talent agent turned manager Susan Smith. She then served as an agent at the Peter Meyer Agency and Ambrosio/Mortimer.

Survivors include her daughter, Tiffany; brothers Michael and Andrew; and nephew Hank.

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