Miss Bulldogs of the Month, 1968. Laura Ziskin is second from the left.

Miss Bulldogs of the Month, 1968. Laura Ziskin is second from the left.

Laura Ziskin (1950-2011)

Laura Ziskin (1950-2011)

On FaceBook today, Nancy Frisch Silverman wondered if anyone else saw the huge spread on our classmate Laura Ziskin‘s house in Sunday’s edition of the Los Angeles Times. You can click here to view a slideshow of this exquisite Santa Monica property, listed for $11.85 million. It features Edgar Brandt ironwork on the staircase, a backlit onyx fireplace in the living room, a breakfast area which looks onto the swimming pool and garden, a Baccarat crystal chandelier imported from the Opera House in Dresden, Germany, a hand-hammered brass tub in the master bath, and five fireplaces.

In my earlier post about Laura, I wrote that she was probably the biggest name in Hollywood from Burbank High’s Class of 1968. She was the executive producer of the hit movie, Pretty Woman, As Good as it Gets, and the Spider-Man series. When she died of breast cancer in 2011, another of our classmates, Donna Canzoneri Wray remembered that at the 10-year reunion, she spoke to Laura.  “I told her how proud we were of her accomplishments. Her comment was that everyone in this room is a huge success in their chosen field, but they are just not in the spotlight like she was. That may have been the only time I ever spoke to Laura, but I sure thought she was humble saying that and never forgot it.”

Nancy Frisch Silverman

Nancy Frisch Silverman

Other girls you may recognize in the photo above include Carole Freeman, Jean Gilbert, Phyllis Terry, Betsey Nash, Mindy Poe and Cheryl Boyd. 

By the way, Nancy Frisch Silverman is a speech/language specialist in Santa Ana and works for Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.

Also, there is a FaceBook group called 1968 BHS “Girls” and if you haven’t already joined, there’s no time like the present! You might like to check out the members’ photos by clicking here.

About Katherine Crosier

I am an organist in Honolulu—a rare breed of folks who play the King of Instruments! Through stories, photos, and videos, this blog is a diary of my musical journey ... and my family just groans!

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