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'Spider-Man' Producer Laura Ziskin Dies of Breast Cancer

The 61-year-old producer, who worked out of an office on the Sony lot in Culver City, is also known for "No Way Out" and "As Good as It Gets."

Laura Ziskin, who produced blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man and Pretty Woman, died Sunday at her Santa Monica home after a seven-year fight against breast cancer, The Associated Press reported. Ziskin worked out of a office on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City.

Ziskin's 35-year producing career includes such films as No Way Out with Kevin Costner and As Good as It Gets with Jack Nicholson. She was president of Fox 2000 Pictures for five years in the 1990s. She also produced the Academy Awards telecasts in 2002 and 2007 and was the first woman to be a solo producer of the awards show. 

Ziskin was the producing mastermind behind the three Spider-Man movies and was working on the fourth at the time of her death.

Ziskin was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and later formed the group Stand Up to Cancer with other women in the entertainment industry. The organization has since raised more than $200 million to fight the disease.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Barbara Effros June 13, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Ms Ziskin's death is a loss for so many of us. While I did not know her personally, she was such an inspiration! Her contribution to as a woman in Hollywood and Broadway was tremendous. In recent years. her battle with breast cancer brought millions of dollars and even greater cancer awareness to Hollywood. Too many women are still dying from breast cancer. May her memory, and our other friends taken too young by breast cancer. always be a reminder. May we continue the fight for a cure.
Cindi Silva June 20, 2011 at 05:55 PM
I am so inspired by Laura Ziskin on so many levels. She has broken ground in so many ways for women in the film industry, in the work force by giving girls a fabulous role model of what they can strive for and become. And if that wasn't enough, she co-founded Stand Up to Cancer and raised $200 million dollars to date for cancer research. I am a breast cancer survivor and although I can't compare my achievements with Ms. Ziskin's I am offering my support to others, by starting Walk & Meditate 4 Health groups to teach the importance of exercise and meditation. And I am writing a cancer support group book incorporating how mindfulness meditation techniques can be used to help you while you are healing through the process. I invite you to visit my blog: http://mindfulnesswalks.wordpress.com/ Together may we find a cure and support each other in the meantime. I wish you good health, great happiness and peace. Cindi Silva
Janet Gervers June 27, 2011 at 05:00 PM
My Mom died from breast cancer 3 years ago after living with it for 5 years. We still have a long way to go in finding a cure. That's why I started my fundraiser for American Cancer Society- my 3rd Annual event is TONIGHT at their Discovery Shop in Beverly Hills, a short jaunt from Culver City. Details: http://www.janetscircle.com/

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