Debra Hill, producer of the original Halloween, died today after a battle with cancer. She was 54.
Hill and director John Carpenter co-wrote the horror classic, which was produced for $300,000 and grossed $60 million, setting a then-record for an independent production. She later independently produced such films as The Fisher King, Clue, and Adventures in Babysitting, before signing a contract with Disney in 1988. Hill started as a production assistant and worked her way through the ranks of Hollywood, eventually becoming a pioneer for women in film. The Hollywood Reporter has the full story.