LOS ANGELES, Feb 22: Director Steven Spielberg’s mother Leah Adler, who fostered his interest in filmmaking has died. She was 97.
Adler died in Los Angeles, a spokesperson for Spielberg’s production company, Amblin Entertainment, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
A former concert pianist and painter, Adler died at her home surrounded by her family.
Born in Cincinnati, Leah Frances Posner developed a love of music when she learned piano at age 5. She studied at the Music Conservatory in town and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in home economics.
In February 1945, she married electrical engineer Arnold Meyer Spielberg, and they had four children — Steven, Anne, Sue and Nancy.
In 1964, the family moved to Los Gatos, California. They built a house in Saratoga and lived there for two years. After her divorce, Leah moved back to Scottsdale, where she married Bernie Adler in 1967.
In addition to Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, survivors also include her daughters Anne (and husband Dan), Sue (Jerry) and Nancy (Shimon), 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. (PTI)