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Julia Phillips, producer and Oscar winner, dies

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Julia Phillips, the first woman producer to win a best picture Oscar and the author of a famously scandalous Hollywood memoir, died Tuesday of cancer. She was 57.

She had been diagnosed with the disease in August.

Phillips made movie history in 1973 when she shared the best-picture Oscar as co-producer of "The Sting," starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman.

She later co-produced director Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" in 1976 and Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" in 1977.