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The Fighting Spirit

I felt her spirit begin its wayward journey Sunday afternoon, though the call did not come until first thing Monday morning. I had only known Debra for a few years, but she pulled me into her powerful wake as she had done with so many others in Hollywood. We began our relationship speaking of comic book properties suitable for film treatment. Debra asked me then if I wanted to remain where I was; without hesitation, I emphatically replied "hell, no!" She loved that, and invited me to forward her any promising literary materials that she might like to develop.

Debra could be brusque and was one of the toughest women I've ever known, but she had a good heart and was always happy to help other women rise through the ranks as she had done. Debra was one pioneer who never forgot her roots and remained active in politics and social causes, not to mention the Producers Guild and Women In Film. A few years back, I took a series of seminars on film producing given by the Academy, and found that virtually every woman producer in attendance credited Debra as a mentor.

When she was first hospitalized for the cancer that would ultimately claim her life, no one expected her to survive the weekend. But she rallied, despite extreme surgery, setbacks and chemo. I got to know her a lot better in the last year of her life, in a knitting circle of friends and family, discussing what turned out to be her final projects, and above all never giving in. During all this, I remained discreet about her illness, thinking if anyone could beat it, she could. She fought like a tiger, but even tigers lose sometimes.

My heart goes out to her wonderful parents and her good friend Randi who also became my friends over time. Debra Hill may have left us, but that amazing energy is off on a new adventure.

Unto them from whose eyes the veil of life hath fallen … may there be granted the accomplishment of their wills; yea the accomplishment of their wills.


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Mar. 9th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately I'd only ever known her as a name on some John Carpenter films .. thanks for putting a soul to the name...
Mar. 12th, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)
I appreciate your kind words.
Mar. 9th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry.
Mar. 12th, 2005 07:25 am (UTC)
Mar. 18th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
aw cath...

that just sucks! i don't know what else to say except i'm sorry, and i'm glad that y'all had a chance to share energies on this planet when you did.

sending love & xxoosh
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