Screenwriter Katherine Reback dies

Penned 'Fools Rush In'

Katherine Reback, who wrote the screenplay for the 1997 film "Fools Rush In," died May 24 from complications of a rare form of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 59.

She was undergoing treatment for a thymic tumor.

Reback also penned the production draft of "Flashdance" (1983) and wrote for a number of television shows, including "One Day at a Time" and "The Line." At her death, she was working on a project for Fox TV Studios.

The romantic comedy "Fools Rush In" starred Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek as a mismatched couple who decide to get married after a steamy one-night stand in Las Vegas. Reback also co-wrote the story with Joan Taylor.

A native of Stamford, Conn., the Columbia University graduate began her showbiz career in the mid-1970s in the New York office of comedian and producer Alan King. She moved to California in 1980.

Reback, a longtime member of the WGA West, also contributed to Bill Clinton's speechwriting team during his first presidential campaign.

Survivors include her husband of 15 years, artist Sonny King; several cousins; three stepchildren; a step-grandchild; two nephews and their children; and her cat, Harry.

A memorial will be held this summer. Donations in her name can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, for which she served as a board member.