"Polly was not just a leader, but a trailblazer and mentor to scores of women." -Michelle Anthony, UMG

Polly Anthony, who died at age 59 on Sept. 29 in her Beverly Hills, Calif., home after a long fight with pancreatic cancer, began her 25-year career at Epic Records as an assistant in 1978 and left as the president of the label in 2003.

As a top promotion executive at Epic and then as head of the label, Anthony was instrumental in helping to break such acts as Macy Gray, Shakira, Oasis, Celine Dion, Rage Against the Machine, Jennifer Lopez, Silverchair and Pearl Jam.

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