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Subject: Gloria Katz (American Graffiti, Star Wars) dies at 76

Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 11/29/18 at 6:23 am

Gloria Katz, who co-wrote American Graffiti with director George Lucas and the late Gary Kurtz (who died in September), has herself died at the age of 76. She had ovarian cancer.

She was also a script doctor on Star Wars. Her credits also include Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, Lucky Lady, Messiah of Evil, and  :-\\ Howard the Duck.

The writing trio were nominated for an Oscar their American Graffiti script.

Katz noted she and Huyck tried to add as much humor as possible and wrote about 30 percent of the film's dialogue. They also shaped Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia to be a woman who "can take command; she doesn’t take any s--t … instead of just a beautiful woman that schlepped along to be saved," she said.

Katz was on the board of the WGA and an advisor at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, set to open next year.

Two American Graffiti deaths in one year. RIP.  :\'( Goodnight, sweetheart. Goodnight.

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