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Spiderman Producer Laura Ziskin, 61, Dies

Submitted by on June 13, 2011 – 10:55 amNo Comment

One of Hollywood’s most influential women, Laura Ziskin, has died at the age of 61 after a seven-year battle with breast cancer.

A veteran film producer with a three-decade career to her name, Ziskin was behind box office smashes like Pretty Woman, As Good As It Gets, Fight Club and Spider-Man, the latter her most significant legacy (she produced all three released movies in the blockbuster franchise).

Ziskin was outspoken when it came to breaking into the “boy’s club” of cinema’s A-list group of producers.

“Men have built the cities, made and defined the culture, interpreted the world. At no time in recorded history have women been culture-makers,” she said in the 2002 book, Women Who Run The Show. “Movies are arguably the most influential, important medium in the world. They have a tremendous cultural impact. Because women are now making movies, then women’s ideas, philosophy, point of view will seep into that culture. And that’s never happened in history. Ever, ever, ever. We can’t even see the impact of that yet.”

Ziskin co-founded Stand Up To Cancer with Katie Couric in 2008, a celebrity-driven nonprofit that has to-date raised more than $200 million to fight the disease. She is survived by her partner Alvin Sargent and her daughter, Julia.

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