Our Burbank High Class of 1968 classmate, Laura Ziskin, is in the news again, even though she died in June 2011. My sister saw an article in the Los Angeles Times on the opening of the movie, The Butler, which apparently would not have come to life had it not been for Laura. The movie details the life of Eric Gaines, a butler who served in the White House under eight Presidents, and revisits major events such as the civil rights movement and the Vietnam war. Starring are Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and John Cusack. it seems especially timely in the current national dialogue on race relations and the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin verdict.
Read the entire story in the Times by clicking here. Laura left money in her will to bankroll the $30 million project, which came to her attention before she died of breast cancer. Look closely at the poster and you’ll see that Laura Ziskin Productions are listed in the credits.If you recall, Laura was also the producer of Pretty Woman, and the Spider-Man movies.
I hope to catch The Butler soon, which is now playing in movie theaters nationwide.