Magazine article Variety

Event Planner Helps Stars Take Final Bow

Magazine article Variety

Event Planner Helps Stars Take Final Bow

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WHEN "PRETTY WOMAN" executive producer Laura Ziskin died in June 2011 from breast cancer, Alison Bossert helped her stand up to cancer one last time.

During Ziskin's memorial service, mourners could donate to the organization that Ziskin co-founded with Katie Couric and others in 2008 to raise funding for cancer research. Standing out of the spotlight, making sure Ziskin's celebration of life ran smoothly, stood Bossert.

At the time, Bossert was head of special events at Sony Pictures Entertainment. A crucial part of her 17-year career there was planning memorial services for entertainment industry figures - Heath Ledger, for example. She's now transferring those skills to a new venture: Final Bow Prods., which specializes in helping people, particularly those well known in Hollywood,to prepare their own service prior to death as well as assisting families in planning services for loved ones and putting together the actual celebration.

Final Bow ceremonies span the intimate to the extravagant. Bossert said she ensures that the services are memorable and respectful. At Ledger's memorial, one of her primary concerns was security - particularly, keeping paparazzi out. …

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