Monday, March 07, 2005

Debra Hill, RIP

I'm having trouble talk about entertainment news, but Debra Hill was a very important and largely unsung figure in movies. And now she's gone at 54. I have to make note.

Debra Hill Dies At 54

"Debra Hill, who co-wrote the horror classic Halloween and rose through Hollywood's ranks to become a pioneering woman producer, died Monday, according to a family friend. She was 54.

"Hill had battled cancer for 13 months, but until her final days had been working on several projects, including a film about the last two men pulled from the rubble of the Twin Towers following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said friend Barbara Ligeti.

"'She changed the face of women in film. If you talk to people who are real players in this town, they will say Debra was one woman who would help other women ... with boundless generosity,' Ligeti said..."

As a matter of note, the article linked gives her writing credits on Halloween movies after the second one. I know this is untrue, and suspect that further research would have shown her credit to be "Based on characters created by..." or something of the like. Pretty sloppy work, even for a quick - and likely unexpected - obituary.

It is a sad passing, though.

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