“Spider-Man” producer Laura Ziskin dies at 61

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Born in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, Ziskin studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California, wrote for game shows after graduating in 1973 then moved into producing.

Her other credits include “Murphy’s Romance,” “Hero,” “What About Bob?” and Clooney’s live TV movie “Fail Safe.”

In 2002, Ziskin became the first woman to work as solo producer of Hollywood’s biggest show, the Academy Awards, and she produced the ceremony again five years later amid her cancer fight.

In the 1990s, Ziskin was president for five years of Fox 2000 Pictures, a 20th Century Fox subsidiary that released “Fight Club,” “Never Been Kissed,” “Courage Under Fire” and Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line.”

Ziskin is survived by her husband, Alvin Sargent, screenwriter on the second and third “Spider-Man” films, and her daughter, Julia Barry.




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