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Women in Entertainment 2010 - Power 100 List

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    Laura Ziskin
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    Laura Ziskin
    Producer

    She’s behind one of the biggest franchises in history (the $2.5 billion-earning Spider-Man series) and the only woman to have produced the Oscar telecast twice, but it still mystifies Ziskin how she landed in showbiz. “My father and stepmother were psychologists, so I don’t really know where it came from,” says the San Fernando Valley native, who lives with Oscar-winning screenwriter Alvin Sargent (Julia). “I guess I just always liked putting on a show.” She also likes leading Hollywood’s charge to increase cancer research awareness through the organization she co-founded with Sherry Lansing, Stand Up to Cancer. Its second telethon Sept. 5, also produced by Ziskin, raised another $80 million. While Ziskin continues to deal with her own cancer, she’s already at work on the new Spider-Man reboot starring newcomer Andrew Garfield. “When I think about how good he’s going to be it keeps me excited,” she says.

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