Polly Anthony, Former Epic Records Chief, Dies at 59

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Polly Anthony, who led Epic Records from 1997-2003 and worked with acts including Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Rage Against the Machine, died last weekend of pancreatic cancer in Beverly Hills. She was 59.

Epic Records announced Tuesday on its official Twitter feed that Anthony had died.

A rare female label head, Anthony went on to become president of DreamWorks Records and then co-president of Geffen Records. She also worked with Shakira, Macy Gray, Pearl Jam and Jennifer Lopez.

Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine tweeted his condolences, calling Anthony a “good friend who played an important role in bringing RATM and Audioslave to the world.”

Anthony also oversaw the soundtracks to “Titanic” and “Chicago” to substantial success. More recently she had worked on TV and movie projects including HBO series “Off the Record” and CBS’ Jimmy Smits starrer “Cane.”