at age 15, qualified and made it to the fourth round of the
1996 . Open, her first Grand Slam. A year later, she became
only the second woman in the Open era (after Chris Evert)
to reach the semifinals in her Wimbledon debut. In 98
she beat four Top 10 players in as many days to reach her
first career final, in Miami. Three months later, she beat
Steffi Graf on grass, something only two others accomplished
in the 1990s.
“I didn’t think there was any more story [to Halloween ], and I didn’t want to do it again. All of my ideas were for the first Halloween —there shouldn’t have been any more! I’m flattered by the fact that people want to remake them, but they remake everything these days, so it doesn’t make me that special. But Michael Myers was an absence of character. And yet all the sequels are trying to explain that. That’s silliness—it just misses the whole point of the first movie, to me. He’s part person, part supernatural force. The sequels rooted around in motivation. I thought that was a mistake. However, I couldn’t stop them from making sequels. So my agents said, ‘Why don’t you become an executive producer and you can share the revenue?’ But I had to write the second movie, and every night I sat there and wrote with a six-pack of beer trying to get through this thing. And I didn’t do a very good job, but that was it. I couldn’t do any more."