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    Melanie Cook
    Ziffren Brittenham

    Here's a taste of Cook's hectic life: she closed Debbie Liebling's deal to become president of production at Universal in her car on the way to the premiere of client Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland." "I don't know how she does it," Liebling says. "But I knew I was going to be in good hands." Cook juggled Sam Mendes' pact for the next Bond film and Barry Sonnenfeld's deal for "Men in Black 3" while handling several projects for producer Scott Rudin, including "The Social Network" and "Moneyball." Active in Big Brothers Big Sisters and other causes, she capped a comeback from back surgery with a charity 5K run in March. "Actually, I'm not supposed to be running," she says, "so I just consider it walking."

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