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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Melanie Cook
    Partner, Ziffren Brittenham

    Cook is known for pushing herself to the limit, whether it’s doing triathlons, heli-skiing or bicycling 60 miles in a charity race. Similarly, in her career Cook — married for 27 years with a daughter, 24, and son, 20 — has scaled daunting heights, becoming the first female partner at the powerhouse law firm and signing new clients like Carey Mulligan to add to her A-list roster, which includes Tim Burton, Scott Rudin andKeanu Reeves. She occasionally gets bruised, like when she fell face-first during the bike race, but manages to connect it back to her work. “I looked like the Bride of Frankenstein!” she says.

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    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: In law school, I learned there was a specialty of law that allowed me to represent artists.

    Best advice I’ve ever gotten: From my father, Judge James Cook, who told me to work hard and always tell the truth. Also, federal court Judge Harry Pregerson told me to build a practice of my own clients.

    Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: Paddleboarding, riding my bike and catching the sunset at our house in Hermosa Beach.

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