Gloria Katz

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Gloria Katz
Born (1942-10-25)October 25, 1942
Los Angeles, California, US
Died November 25, 2018(2018-11-25) (aged 76)
Los Angeles, California, US
Occupation Screenwriter, Film producer
Years active 1973–1994
Willard Huyck (m. 1969⁠–⁠2018)
Children 1
Awards National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
1973 American Graffiti
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay
1973 American Graffiti

Gloria Katz (October 25, 1942 – November 25, 2018) was an American screenwriter and film producer,[1] best known for her association with George Lucas. Along with her husband Willard Huyck, Katz created the screenplays of films including American Graffiti, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Howard the Duck.[1] Katz was of Jewish descent.[2][3] Though uncredited, Katz and Willard secretly edited Lucas's Star Wars script, as she performed as a script doctor for Lucas. Katz and Huyck are responsible for a lot of humor and the development of Princess Leia' s iconic character in the Star Wars script. [4] She died from ovarian cancer in 2018 at the age of 76.[5]



  1. ^ a b "Gloria Katz". The New York Times. All Media Guide, LLC. Baseline. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013.
  2. ^ Erens, Patricia (1998). The Jew in American Cinema. Indiana University Press. p. 392. ISBN 978-0-253-20493-6.
  3. ^ McNeil Jr., Donald G. (August 20, 1984). "Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck's Best Defense Against Critics Is Their Screenwriting Track Record". People magazine. Time Inc. Archived from the original on January 10, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2019. Gloria is a Jewish Cinderella from Beverly Hills, and Willard is the ultimate WASP.
  4. ^ Barnes, Mike. "Gloria Katz, 'American Graffiti' Writer and 'Star Wars' Script Doctor, Dies at 76". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  5. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (November 28, 2018). "Gloria Katz, 'American Graffiti' and 'Temple of Doom' Screenwriter, Dies at 76". The Wrap. Retrieved November 29, 2018.

External links

  • Gloria Katz on IMDb
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