Laura Ziskin

Film Producer

Birthday March 3, 1950

Birth Sign Pisces

Birthplace California

DEATH DATE Jun 12, 2011 (61)

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Producer of Pretty Woman, What About Bob?, Spider- Man, and other notable films. She also produced the 2002 and 2007 Academy Awards ceremonies.

Before Fame

Shortly after graduating from the University of Southern California, she became the personal assistant of film producer Jon Peters.


She was the first woman to produce the Academy Awards telecast.

Family Life

She was married to screenwriter Alvin Sargent until her death from cancer in 2011. She had a daughter, Julia, from an earlier marriage to playwright and screenwriter Julian Barry.

Associated With

She and Katie Couric created an organization called Stand Up To Cancer.