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'Spider-Man' Producer Laura Ziskin -- Dead at 61

6/13/2011 2:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Laura Ziskin -- who produced a TON of hit movies including the new "Spider-Man" flicks, "As Good As It Gets" and "Pretty Woman" -- died last night in her Santa Monica home following a 7-year battle with breast cancer.

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Ziskin -- who was known as one of the most influential women in Hollywood history -- was working on the fourth installment of the "Spider Man" franchise at the time of her death.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 -- Ziskin teamed up with other women in the entertainment industry to form the nonprofit "Stand Up to Cancer" -- which has raised $200 MILLION to fight the disease.

She was 61.

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Me    

RIP. She did a lot of great things for Cancer research. I hope her family can find some peace

1178 days ago
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smd    

SECOND!

1178 days ago
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northern gypsy    

my sister & mother both died of this disease..
thank-you for setting up & raising funds to fight this cause...
condolences to her family and friends...

1178 days ago
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Sandra     

Sad loss but what a difference she made!!!

1178 days ago
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duhwinner    

HUGE loss.

1178 days ago
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Concerned    

Do you ever wonder if 'driven' people escalate stress by the demands they place on themselves? Here was a woman that knew she had cancer 7 years ago. I'm assuming (perhaps incorrectly) that they did something to get rid of it. Did it return? We know stress is bad for our health and certainly people that conquer cancer often say being calm and focused was important in their battle. It just seems odd that someone with huge financial reserves suc***bs to this. They should be able to take time off from work so their stress is minuscule. But maybe their driven personality prevents that from happening. We all want our children to focus on goals but maybe as time winds down in our lives that goal setting and goal reaching can be our undoing. Something to ponder as we chase our tasks each day.

1178 days ago
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Lynne    

Dear "Concerned": Your post does not make me wonder. For those of us who have lived with the loss of family members to breast cancer, you have no right to tell anyone to stop living their lives because they are ill. Your quote, "Did they do something to get rid of it?" ARE YOU KIDDING???? And you think having someone stop working to lie around the house makes stress "miniscule"??? REALLY???? Laura lived, working and doing what she wanted to do and she was good at it. Her life ended and we miss her. End of story.

1176 days ago
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FriendMD    

Concerned - your comment is almost unbelievable. Stress certainly can make any disease worse. However, giving up a full and wonderful life just because one has cancer to stay home is a travesty. When one is diagnosed with any fatal disease - curling up in bed and feeling sorry for oneself is the worst thing one can do. Living the remainder of your life in the best possible way is what counts. Raising 200 MILLION to fight cancer is one of the most admirable things one can accomplish in a lifetime. It takes motivation and drive to change the world - something that this remarkable woman did. We should all be thankful and appreciative of her accomplishments.

1175 days ago

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