Laura Ziskin Memorial to Take Place at Sony Pictures Studio

Laura Ziskin
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The Hollywood pioneer, who produced Pretty Woman and the Spider-Man films and was a driving force behind the Stand Up to Cancer research movement, died June 12 at age 61. Ziskin, who became the first woman to produce the Academy Awards telecast alone in 2002, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2004. "She was the creative guiding light for all of us who loved and worked with her. She was also a frustrating perfectionist and that's why she was simply the best," Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal said in a statement to THR. "We are heartbroken and miss her terribly already -- as a producer, as an advocate for cancer research, but most importantly, as an irreplaceable friend."


Sony's Culver City lot will be the site of a memorial gathering later this month for those who were close to the producer.

A memorial celebrating the life of Laura Ziskin will be held Tuesday, June 28, at Sony Pictures Studios.

Ziskin, 61, died June 12 from complications of breast cancer at her home in Santa Monica. One of Hollywood’s most active producers, she worked on films ranging from Murphy’s Romance to Pretty Woman, As Good As It Gets and the Spider-Man franchise. She also co-founded Stand Up to Cancer to enlist the film industry in the war against cancer.

Friends, family and colleagues will remember her at a memorial gathering, set for 5 p.m. on June 28. Parking will be available in the Overland Parking structure, and guests are asked to enter through the Overland gate

RSVP’s are required by Friday, June 24 at 310-244-4141.