Laura Ziskin, Hollywood Producer, Passes Away

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Laura Ziskin, the Hollywood producer behind hits like the Spider-Man franchise and Pretty Woman, died Sunday at her Los Angeles home at age 61.

Ziskin, who fought a seven-year battle with breast cancer, also produced As Good As It Gets, What About Bob?, Everybody's All-American and No Way Out.

As a woman in a high position in Hollywood, she was often a voice for others seeking recognition in advancement in the entertainment profession. 

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In a 2002 book called Women Who Run the Show, Ziskin talked about the long-term impact of women in high positions and the importance of their work.

"Movies are arguably the most influential, important medium in the world. They have a tremendous cultural impact,” she said.

“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."

In addition to her accomplishments on the silver screen, the three-time Emmy nominee was the first woman to solely produce the Academy Awards telecast in 2002. She would go on to produce the show in 2007, as well.

Ziskin was also the driving force behind the annual TV special, Stand Up To Cancer. She is survived by her husband, screenwriter Alvin Sargent.