|Born||November 10, 1950|
Haddonfield, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||March 7, 2005 (aged 54)|
|Occupation||Film producer, screenwriter|
Hill was born in Haddonfield, New Jersey and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1975 she started as a production assistant on adventure documentaries, and progressed through jobs as a script supervisor, assistant director and second unit director. Hill first worked with John Carpenter in 1975, as the script supervisor and assistant editor of Assault on Precinct 13. This led not only to further professional collaborations between Hill and Carpenter, but also marked the beginning of their personal relationship.
In 1978, she and director Carpenter co-wrote the horror movie Halloween. Following its success, Hill and Carpenter worked together on Halloween II (1981) and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982). Their other credits together include: The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981) and its sequel, Escape from L.A. (1996). In 1986, Hill formed an independent production company with her friend Lynda Obst. Together, they produced Adventures in Babysitting, Heartbreak Hotel, and The Fisher King. In 1988, she entered a contract with Walt Disney Pictures under which she produced Gross Anatomy, short films for the Walt Disney theme park, and an NBC special for Disneyland's 35th anniversary. She also produced The Dead Zone (1983), Head Office (1985), and Clue (1985).
She was honored by Women in Film in 2003 with the Crystal Award. She recalled the transition from being called "sweetheart" and "darling" in her early years as a producer to the respectful "ma'am" many years later on the DVD commentary for Escape From New York with production designer Joe Alves.
Hill helped support talent in the film industry, and a number of Hill's associates went on to later success in film. For example, James Cameron, the filmmaker, once worked for Hill in the visual effects department. Jeffrey Chernov was Hill's second assistant director and went on to become an executive producer of Black Panther.
Friends and colleagues commented that Hill became frustrated with the film industry in that the industry did not welcome more women as directors. Even with the lack of support, Hill persisted with her work.
Hill was diagnosed with colon cancer in February 2004. Despite her diagnosis and eventual amputation of her leg, Hill continued to work on several projects. She worked with John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell on a comic adaptation of the Snake Plissken character, as well as a proposed Snake Plissken video game.
In 2005, Hill reunited with Carpenter to produce the remake of The Fog and was working on the Oliver Stone film World Trade Center when she died of cancer on March 8, 2005. After her death, Carpenter told the Associated Press that working with Hill was "one of the greatest experiences of my life – she had a passion for not just movies about women or women's ideas but films for everybody".
|1981||Escape from New York||Yes||Yes||Voice cameo|
|Halloween II||Yes||Yes||Rick Rosenthal|
|1982||Halloween III: Season of the Witch||Yes||No||Tommy Lee Wallace|
|1983||The Dead Zone||Yes||No||David Cronenberg|
|Head Office||Yes||No||Ken Finkleman|
|1987||Adventures in Babysitting||Yes||No||Chris Columbus|
|1988||Big Top Pee-wee||Yes||No||Randal Kleiser|
|Heartbreak Hotel||Yes||No||Chris Columbus|
|1989||The Lottery||Yes||No||Garry Marshall||Short film|
|Gross Anatomy||Yes||No||Thom Eberhardt|
|1991||The Fisher King||Yes||No||Terry Gilliam|
|1996||Escape from L.A.||Yes||Yes||John Carpenter|
|1998||Chow Bella||Executive||No||Gavin Grazer|
|1999||Crazy in Alabama||Yes||No||Antonio Banderas|
|2005||The Fog||Yes||No||Rupert Wainwright|
|2006||World Trade Center||Yes||No||Oliver Stone|
|1976||Goodbye, Norma Jean||Script supervisor|
|Assault on Precinct 13||Script supervisor / assistant editor|
|1977||Satan's Cheerleaders||Script supervisor|
|Charge of the Model T's||Production assistant / second assistant director|
|Goodbye, Franklin High|
|Hanging on a Star|
|2002||Tales from the Mist: Inside 'The Fog'||Archival material||Documentary short|
|1989||Adventures in Babysitting||No||Executive||No||Unsold pilot|
|1990||The Magic World of Disney||No||Executive||No||Episode: "Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration"|
|Monsters||Yes||No||No||Episode: "Far Below"|
|1993||Dream On||Yes||No||No||Episode: "Home Sweet Homeboy"|
|Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman||No||Yes||No||Television film|
|1994||Rebel Highway||No||Yes||Yes||10 episodes (written 2 episodes)|
|1972||The Streets of San Francisco||Script supervisor||Urknown episodes|
|1977||Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas||Television film|
|2003||'Halloween': A Cut Above the Rest||Still photographer||Television documentary film|
- via Associated Press. "Debra Hill, 54, Film Producer Who Helped Create 'Halloween,' Dies", The New York Times, March 8, 2005. Accessed December 18, 2007. "Born in Haddonfield, N.J., Ms. Hill grew up in Philadelphia."
- "Women in Horror Month: Debra Hill, the Mother of "HALLOWEEN"". Archived from the original on February 5, 2015.
- "OPEN DOORS - The Legacy of Debra Hill Continues To Change The Face Of Hollywood". producersguild.org. May 2, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
- DVD feature length commentary for Escape From New York
- Ryzik, Melena (May 27, 2019). "Debra Hill". The New York Times.
- "'Everyone over 50 needs their colon checked'". Today.com. NBC Universal. March 14, 2005. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
- Eller, Claudia (July 27, 2006). "Producer of 9/11 Movie Had Her Own Tragic Story". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
- Lussier, Germain (October 1, 2013). "See Concept Art and Gameplay From Cancelled Snake Plissken Game and Anime Series". Slash Film. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
- Welsh, James Michael; Whaley, Donald M. (2013). The Oliver Stone Encyclopedia. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 279. ISBN 9780810883529.
- "Debra Hill, 54, Film Producer Who Helped Create 'Halloween,' Dies". The New York Times. Associated Press. March 7, 2005. p. 21. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
- Presecky, Georgi (October 22, 2018). "Laurie Strode's Legacy: Remembering Halloween Screenwriter Debra Hill". The Mary Sue. Retrieved August 11, 2019.