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The NY Times' Brooks Barnes compares meeting Fran Walsh, co-writer and producer of "The Hobbit" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, to meeting the Wizard of Oz. While Gollum actor Andy Serkis says that “It’s impossible to overstate her importance,” the woman remains an elusive Hollywood mystery who shies away from the spotlight. She's also Peter Jackson's partner, and tells Barnes that, “He’s not my husband. He’s never asked me, and if he did, I probably wouldn’t say yes.” Her writing partner on "Lotr" and "The Hobbit," Philippa Boyens (Guillermo del Toro also shares credit on the latter), displayed their working relationship for Barnes and admitted that "we collaborate in bed": Ms. Walsh: “Phil is definitely Shelob, with the hairy legs.” Ms. Boyens: “Don’t hold back, Fran. Tell him what you really think.” Ms. Walsh: “We »

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