"Spider-Man" Movie Producer Laura Ziskin Dies of Breast Cancer

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FROM DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD: She died peacefully at her home tonight surrounded by her husband, screenwriter Alvin Sargent, her family, and her friends after a long and courageous and public bout with breast cancer. She was 61.

In Hollywood where women rarely make it to the top of the movie establishment, Laura Ziskin rose to become one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers and studio executives. She is best known for producing the blockbuster Spider-Man film trilogy which broke box office records worldwide and became the highest grossing film franchise in Sony Picture Entertainment’s history.

But she will be remembered most for her humanity as the proud producer of the historic three-network "Stand Up To Cancer" televised fundraisers after she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in February 2004.