|Cause of death Breast cancer|
Role Film producer
Name Laura Ziskin
|Years active 1976–2011|
Occupation Film producer
Children Julia Barry
|Full Name Laura Ellen Ziskin|
Born March 3, 1950 (1950-03-03) San Fernando Valley, California, United States
Died June 12, 2011, Santa Monica, California, United States
Spouse Alvin Sargent (m. 2010–2011)
Parents Jay Ziskin, Elaine Edelman
Movies The Amazing Spider‑Man, Spider‑Man, Spider‑Man 3, Spider‑Man 2, The Butler
Similar People Alvin Sargent, Avi Arad, James Vanderbilt, Grant Curtis, Ivan Raimi
Laura Ziskin - Producer
Laura Ellen Ziskin (March 3, 1950 – June 12, 2011) was an American film producer, known as the executive producer of the 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman, and as the first woman to produce the Academy Awards telecast alone, producing the 74th Academy Awards in 2002 and the 79th Academy Awards in 2007.
- Laura Ziskin Producer
- Interview with spider man producer laura ziskin
- Early life and education
- Fogwood Films and as an independent producer
- Touchstone Pictures
- Fox 2000
- Columbia Pictures
- Breast cancer activism
- Personal life
- Filmography as producer and executive producer
Interview with spider man producer laura ziskin
Early life and education
Ziskin was born and raised in a Jewish family in the San Fernando Valley, California, the daughter of Jay Ziskin and Elaine Edelman. Jay was a psychologist and lawyer who died of prostate cancer, aged 77, on June 14, 1997.
After graduating from the University of Southern California USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1973, Ziskin started out writing for game shows, then became the personal assistant of Jon Peters. Ziskin quickly became a development executive, moving into feature films with Jon Peters' production company where she worked on the 1976 remake of A Star Is Born, starring Barbra Streisand.
Fogwood Films and as an independent producer
Ziskin formed Fogwood Films with partner Sally Field in 1984, and produced Murphy's Romance. As an independent producer, Ziskin produced the thriller No Way Out for Orion Pictures. In 1988, Ziskin and partner Ian Sander produced two films featuring Dennis Quaid, the remake of D.O.A. and Taylor Hackford's Everybody's All-American.
Ziskin's success came with the hit comedy Pretty Woman in 1990, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, that Ziskin executive produced for Touchstone Pictures. The following year was difficult for Ziskin. On What About Bob?, Ziskin and star Bill Murray had spirited disagreements during production. Both that film and The Doctor were not as strong at the box office as Pretty Woman. A switch to Columbia resulted in Stephen Frears' Hero in 1992, a loose remake of 1941's Meet John Doe, for which Ziskin both produced and supplied the story. Ziskin directed her first short film in 1994, Oh, What a Day! 1914 and produced the Nicole Kidman tour-de-force To Die For in 1995, under the banner of Laura Ziskin Productions.
By the time that last film was in release, Ziskin had been appointed president of Fox 2000, one of several offshoots 20th Century Fox developed to speed up their production and distribution. Since the formation of Fox 2000, Ziskin rounded up an impressive number of directors and writers. Among those released were Edward Zwick's Gulf War drama Courage Under Fire and the romantic comedy One Fine Day and Pat O'Connor's Inventing the Abbotts and the big-budget disaster film Volcano. Ziskin and Tom Rothman helped develop the script for The English Patient before studio head Bill Mechanic returned the rights to director Anthony Minghella, who then got it produced and distributed through Miramax.
Ziskin executive produced As Good as It Gets in 1997. The film received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and three acting nods, and its stars, Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, took home the leading role Oscars in the acting categories.
After nearly five years on the job, Ziskin resigned from Fox 2000 in November 1999 and within a month had a production deal at Columbia Pictures. After being tapped to serve as the first solo female producer of an Academy Awards telecast in 2002, Ziskin returned to the big screen with the highly anticipated feature version of Spider-Man. The film was released on May 3, 2002 to widespread acclaim from critics, went on to break box office records, and became the highest-grossing film of 2002. The success of the film led to two sequels, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. In 2002, Ziskin was also awarded the Crystal Award by Women in Film for her efforts at expanding the role of women in the entertainment industry.
Breast cancer activism
In February 2004, Ziskin was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, a disease doctors had repeatedly missed previously because of the diffuse type of cancer she had.
On May 28, 2008, Ziskin, along with Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the Noreen Fraser Foundation and Ellen Ziffren, announced the creation of the charitable organization Stand Up To Cancer.
Ziskin died of breast cancer at her home in Santa Monica, California on June 12, 2011, aged 61. Her final films were the franchise reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Butler. She died a few months after filming ended on The Amazing Spider-Man, but three weeks before filming began on The Butler. In 2012, the Athena Film Festival created an award to be given in her honor: The Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to a woman in the film industry whose leadership demonstrates vision and courage and sets a standard for other women to emulate.
When she was about 27, Ziskin married writer Julian Barry, relocating to Connecticut to help him raise his three children from a previous marriage. The two later had a daughter, Julia Barry. In 1978, she was the associate producer of The Eyes of Laura Mars. Ziskin was married to writer Alvin Sargent from 2010 until her death.