Katie Couric, Jon Favreau, Amy Pascal and others reflect on the producer's legacy and work for cancer research
"Spider-Man" producer Laura Ziskin died Sunday evening at 61 after a long fight with breast cancer.
From corporate boardrooms to movie sets to Twitter, stars and executives remembered the independent producer for her friendship, her advocacy on behalf of cancer research and her work shepherding such memorable films as "Fight Club" and "To Die For" to the big screen.
Here are some of the statements on Ziskin's passing (Keep checking back for updates):
Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Studio: "Laura was my closest friend. She was an inspiring warrior who fought every battle, whether it was business or personal, with her trademark brains, guts and class. 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. We are heartbroken and miss her terribly already — as a producer, as an advocate for cancer research, but most importantly, as an irreplaceable friend."
Katie Couric, co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer: “Laura was one of the most courageous people I’ve ever known. Her fearlessness in the face of this relentless killer inspires everyone on the SU2C team to redouble our efforts to make cancer history.”
Sherry Lansing, co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer: “Laura was the heart and soul of Stand Up To Cancer. The creativity and passion she brought to the fight against cancer continue to inspire us all.”
Jonah Hill, "Superbad": "Incredibly sad news about Laura Ziskin passing away. She was a special, sweet, and talented person. Please support @SU2C in her honor."
Jon Favreau, "Iron Man" director: "Very sad news. Laura Ziskin will truly be missed."
Stand Up to Cancer: "But your life, your work, your friendship and your light will shine forever. We love you dearly and our lives are all profoundly better for having known you and our lives will never be the same without you."
Frank Marshall, producer: "We lost a legendary producer, Laura Ziskin, who inspired so many as she STOOD UP TO CANCER! #LIVESTRONG #SU2C"
Ken Jeong, "The Hangover": "Thank you Laura Ziskin for inspiring Tran & I to Stand Up 2 Cancer.We celebrate your life and love,& you will always be in our hearts. @SU2C"
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: "We were so saddened to hear of Laura’s passing. She was a friend and colleague to all of us here at the Academy. Laura produced two Academy Awards shows and brought her unique talents and vision to both. We will always remember and be inspired by her courage and determination to live life to the fullest in spite of the daily challenges she faced fighting her cancer. What a gift Laura was to all of us. We will remember and love her always."
Dana Delany, "Body of Proof": "Very sad about the death of Laura Ziskin. She said her plan was to cure cancer and I believe her."
Marc Webb, director of "The Amazing Spider-Man": "Once you've gotten to know her, it's nearly impossible to imagine a life without Laura. She lived a profound life, told so many great stories both on screen and around the table. She was a romantic and a crusader. A role model and a friend. She had damn good taste and deeply loved her daughter and her husband and all those wonderful people she picked up along the way. I'll miss her terribly."
Mara Buxbaum, president of ID PR: "Laura Ziskin was a shining example of how we as an industry can utilize our extraordinary platform to inspire and bring about change. All of us at ID grew immensely from working with Laura and we were proud to stand alongside her in the fight against cancer. Our hearts are with Alvin, Julia and their family, everyone at LZP and our friends at the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Laura helped lay the groundwork to raise the resources necessary to end cancer through innovative science. It’s up to all of us to continue carrying the torch.”
Bud Selig, Major League Baseball commissioner: "I was privileged to meet Laura and her team a few years ago and, due to her passion, Major League Baseball was honored to become the first major corporate donor to Stand Up To Cancer. Laura touched the hearts of many throughout Major League Baseball, most recently in May when she again presented at our Owners Meetings, and our industry's unwavering support of this groundbreaking organization is because of her vision. As a founder, and literally the inspiration for the movement, Laura advanced the treatment and cures for the hideous disease that has taken her life."
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