STAR WARS & HOWARD THE DUCK Co-Writer GLORIA KATZ Dies

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Writer/producer Gloria Katz died Sunday, November 25, 2019, at the age of 79 due to ovarian cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Katz was born on October 25, 1942 in Los Angeles, and earned a Master's Degee in film from the University of California.

In the 1970s, Katz and her husband Williard Huyck were hired to re-write George Lucas' American Graffiti. Following the success of that film, Lucas again asked them for rewrites of his next project - Star Wars. Katz and Huyck's involvement wasn't known for many years.

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"He said, 'Polish it — write anything you want and then I'll go over it and see what I need,'" Katz told THR in 2017. "George didn't want anyone to know we worked on the script, so we were in a cone of silence."

After Star Wars, went on to write or co-write several more George Lucas projects including Howard the Duck, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Radioland Murders.

Katz is survived by her spouse, William Huycek, and their daughter, Rebecca.

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