Film producer and studio executive Laura Ziskin died Sunday, succumbing to a seven-year battle with breast cancer. As one of Hollywood’s most notable producers, Ziskin was a driving force behind films as varied and notable as Pretty Woman, Hero, As Good as It Gets, and the Spider-Man films. In addition, she was a vocal advocate for cancer research, co-founding Stand Up to Cancer in 2008. Ziskin was 61.

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