From PopEater: It's a sad day in Hollywood. Laura Ziskin, best known for her work as a producer for the 'Spider-Man' film franchise, passed away Sunday after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 61.

According to E! Online, in addition to her work on 'Spider-Man' she also served as a producer for the 1990 hit 'Pretty Woman.' In 2002, she was also the first woman to serve as a solo producer for the Academy Awards -- a role for which she won several Emmy Awards.

Ziskin was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2004 and decided to co-found the cancer-fighting organization Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C).

"It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that our colleague and dear friend Laura Ziskin, co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer, passed away peacefully today at her home in Santa Monica, California," the organization said in a statement.
"While our hearts are broken, this loss strengthens the determination of the entire Stand Up to Cancer family to make Laura's fervent wish one day become a reality: to make it possible for everyone diagnosed with cancer to become long term survivors," the statement continued.

Christina Applegate, a breast cancer survivor, tweeted in honor of Ziskin Sunday night. "Just heard that the remarkable, talented, amazing Laura Ziskin has passed away! we will continue to fight for you!!! Bless you Laura!" she wrote.

Written by Kelly Fisher.

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