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Last night, influential Hollywood producer Laura Ziskin, 61, died at her home. Ziskin had been battling breast cancer for seven years, but she still took on major projects in Hollywood.
Ziskin was perhaps most famous for her production work on the three "Spider-Man" features as well as next year's The Amazing Spider-Man, which will be the last credit to her name. Earlier in her career, her biggest success was executive producing Pretty Woman. What’s more, she also produced the telecast for the Academy Awards in 2002 as the first female to do so. In 2008, she helped to set up Stand Up To Cancer.
Throughout her extensive career, she picked up numerous awards, including the Crystal Award from Women In Film, the David O. Selznick Award from the Producers Guild of America, the Human Spirit Award from the Wellness Community, and the Visionary Award from the Israel Film Festival.
Ziskin will be greatly missed in Hollywood. She was not only one of Hollywood’s most respected producers; she was also one of its most inspiring producers. Her family requests that anyone wanting to honor Ziskin donate to Stand Up To Cancer.