As USC colleagues in the 1980s, Kitty and I were close friends and so were our children. Sharing a passion for Spanish films, together we curated screenings, organized panels at SCMS and contributed essays to our respective special issues of QRFV. In fact, she was the one who convinced me to write a book on Spanish cinema, and because of her premature death in 1989, she wasn’t able to finish her own. Shortly before dying, she established the annual Katherine Singer Kovacs Award (both with the Modern Language Association and the Society for Cinema Studies) for the best book of the year. She was a brilliant scholar, a loving mother and a wonderful friend.