The "" movie franchise has lost one of its prominent figures because of breast cancer. On Sunday, June 12, producer Laura Ziskin passed away at her home in Santa Monica, California. The 61-year-old, who is one of the most successful female movie producers in history, has fought a seven-year battle with the disease.
The producer of -starring "Pretty Woman" was diagnosed with stage 3 of breast cancer in 2004. She underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy, a stem-cell transplant and radiation, but the cancer returned in 2009 and at the time, it has spread to her liver and bones. A year prior in 2008, she co-founded nonprofit organization Stand Up 2 Cancer with among others.