Monday, March 07, 2005

"Her work was her life"

I was sorry to hear about the passing of filmmaker Debra Hill at the relatively youthful age of 54, following a lengthy bout with the Big C.

If the name isn't familiar to you, the movies surely are. With director John Carpenter, Debra Hill cowrote the first two Halloween films, The Fog, and the classic Escape From New York. As a producer, she had a hand in developing an eclectic variety of motion pictures, everything from Adventures in Babysitting to Big Top Pee-Wee, from the Oscar-winning The Fisher King to Clue (the latter being one of my favorite underrated treasures).

Hill never married or had children — "her work was her life," said a friend. I'll have to spin a couple of her films in the next few days, in memory of that life.

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