Sherry Lansing

Born Jul 31, 1944

Sherry Lansing is an American former actress and film studio executive. She is former CEO of Paramount Pictures, and when president of production at 20th Century Fox was the first woman to head a Hollywood studio. In 1996, she became the first woman named Pioneer of the Year by the Foundation of the Motion Picture Pioneers, and the first woman studio head to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.… Read More

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1944 Birth Lansing was born Sherry Lee Duhl in Chicago, Illinois on July 31, 1944. … Read More


1962 17 Years Old Lansing attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and graduated in 1962.


1966 21 Years Old In 1966, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Northwestern University, where she was a member of Sigma Delta Tau sorority.


1980 35 Years Old Lansing's work at MGM eventually led, after a stint at Columbia Pictures, to an appointment in 1980, at age 35, as the first female president of 20th Century Fox. She was also a partner in Jaffe/Lansing Productions with Stanley R. Jaffe. The company released a consistent string of minor hits through Paramount before achieving success with the box-office smash Fatal Attraction in 1987, for which Jaffe and Lansing received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture the following year.


1991 46 Years Old Lansing married Academy Award winning director William Friedkin on July 6, 1991; he had previously been married to French film star Jeanne Moreau. … Read More
1992 47 Years Old In 1992, she was offered the chairmanship of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group. … Read More


2004 59 Years Old As studio chief, she focused on bottom-line cost rather than market share, preferring to take fewer risks and make lower-budget films than other studios. Viacom (which purchased Paramount in 1994) decided to split the company into two parts in 2004 and Lansing stepped down at the end of that year after an almost unprecedented twelve-year tenure atop Hollywood's legendary "Best Show in Town." … Read More


2005 60 Years Old In 2005, she created The Sherry Lansing Foundation which is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for cancer research. … Read More
2007 62 Years Old In 2007, she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work in cancer research at the 79th Academy Awards. … Read More
2011 66 Years Old In 2011, Lansing pledged $5 million to University of Chicago Laboratory Schools to build a new arts wing, including a 250-seat performance venue.
2012 67 Years Old Lansing was a member of the Board of Directors of the Dole Food Company. Beginning in 2012, she has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the W. M. Keck Foundation.
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