Sherry Lansing
Sherry Lansing
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.
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Tina Fey Is Worried About What The Internet Is Doing To Society
Huffington Post - 3 months
A little less than two weeks after Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States, Tina Fey and David Letterman, two giants of the comedy world, sat down at Circo in Manhattan to discuss, well, a bit of everything.  In the interview, which was published Wednesday in conjunction with The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power 100 breakfast, Fey talked parenting, and friends, and bedtimes, and Lorne Michaels. But the meat of the article lay in breaking down the world we find ourselves in. A world that, in Fey’s eyes, feels a bit like a slowly climbing rollercoaster that has suddenly started to fall backwards. I definitely came out of last month feeling misogyny is much more real than two years ago. Tina Fey  “It feels like we were on the precipice of things getting pretty good, and now we’re in a bit of a throwback moment. I definitely came out of last month feeling misogyny is much more real than two years ago,” Fey told Letterman. “But the thing I worry ...
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Jewish Museum Honors Rosenwald and Other Educational Philanthropists
Huffington Post - 9 months
The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) will induct Julius Rosenwald, the late CEO of Sears, Roebuck and Co. whose philanthropy transformed education for African Americans, into their Only In America/Hall of Fame at a gala in New York on June 1, 2016. Rosenwald, who lived from 1862-1932, facilitated the building of over 5000 schools and 217 teacher's homes. His generosity is responsible for educating 663,615 African-American students in 15 states in the Jim Crow South that otherwise would have been attended one room school houses or not been educated at all. Many of these students later became the backbone of the African American middle class and led the fights for civil rights. Rosenwald, a documentary about his life by Aviva Kempner, was screened at the White House this week for Jewish Heritage Month. Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, in remarks after the screening, referred to Rosenwald as part of my family. Her great grandfather, Robert Robinson ...
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Focus on Women Leaders: Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe and Athena Film Festival
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Forest Whitaker takes her calls. Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe so epitomizes the strength of simplicity, the Oscar winning star of Last King of Scotland-- he portrays the dictator Idi Amin-- form a likely alliance in helping young people in Africa recover from the horrors of vicious murderous rebels like Joseph Kony who, like Idi Amin, brutalized them. Whitaker founded a school for boys, to re-humanize them. Sister Rosemary founded a school to teach women to sew, specifically working pop tabs into fashionable bags. That trade allows them to survive with dignity for themselves and for the children many bore against their will. St. Monica's also serves as a safe haven and hospital for the women. Last week, Sister Rosemary met a group of journalists. She was carrying one of the bags woven of the silver aluminum tabs. Everyone at the table at Milano wanted one, but we all settled for an autographed copy of the book about her life and work, Sewing Hope, and chatted with Derek Watson, the director ...
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A Promise for Education
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The future of democracy is predicated upon world-class education. Without it, thoughtful learning will be replaced by a mindless failure to sustain the vital center, and a failure to understand the reality of our increasingly complex world. Without it, cable news slugfests become our primary sources of education. With increasing national debt, gridlock on Capitol Hill and rising tuition costs, there are profound concerns about where educational funding will come from; how we remain competitive; how we will create future leaders; and how young people who cannot afford an education will have access to one. So a year ago I found myself sitting in the office of University of California Board of Regents Chair and former Paramount CEO, Sherry Lansing, along with Matt Jacobson from Facebook, contemplating this very issue. We were thinking about how we might harness the power of Facebook to unleash new models for creating scholarships and grants. Specifically, we were trying to solve chal ...
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Angelina Jolie Will Receive Honorary Oscar For Humanitarian Work
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES — And the honorary Academy Awards go to... Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi. The film academy announced Thursday that Jolie will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, while Martin, Lansbury and Tosi will get Oscars recognizing their career achievements. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said the Governors Awards "pay tribute to individuals who've made indelible contributions in their respective fields." The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors voted on the recipients of its fifth annual awards earlier this week. The honorary Oscars will be presented at an untelevised ceremony on Nov. 16 at Hollywood & Highland Center's Ray Dolby Ballroom. Martin said on Twitter he's proud to receive the award, calling it "a salute to comedy and all the great people I've worked with." The 68-year-old entertainer has written and starred in dozens of movies, hosted the Oscar ceremony three times a ...
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Conservatives, Pro-Israel Groups Lash Out Against Muslim Student's Nomination
Huffington Post - over 3 years
SAN FRANCISCO -- The University of California's governing board plans to vote Wednesday on a new student member who would be the first practicing Muslim to hold the post and whose nomination is being vigorously opposed by some Jewish groups. UC Berkeley senior Sadia Saifuddin was picked from a field of 30 applicants to serve on the UC Board of Regents during the 2014-15 academic year. As student regent-designate, the 21-year-old Pakistani American would participate in meetings but wouldn't be able to cast votes during the school year that begins this fall. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, StandWithUs, conservative commentator David Horowitz and others have called on the board to reject Saifuddin's appointment, alleging that some of her political activities as a student senator and member of the Muslim Students Association at Berkeley make her unqualified to represent the University of California system's more than 222,000 students. Those activities included co-spon ...
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Napolitano to head University of California
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Napolitano, 55, will step down from her cabinet post to become UC's 20th president and the first woman to head the 10-campus system, pending approval by the regents at their meeting Thursday in San Francisco. "Secretary Napolitano is a distinguished and dedicated public servant who has earned trust at the highest, most critical levels of our country's government," said Board of Regents President Sherry Lansing, who chaired a 10-member search committee. Rising numbers of out-of-state students, who pay far more in tuition than in-state students, have been granted entry in recent years, to the consternation of many alumni and others who believe spots at UC campuses should go first to Californians.
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Public Research For Private Gain
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In a unanimous vote last month, the Regents of the University of California created a corporate entity that, if spread to all UC campuses as some regents envision, promises to further privatize scientific research produced by taxpayer-funded laboratories. The entity, named Newco for the time being, also would block a substantial amount of UC research from being accessible to the public, and could reap big profits for corporations and investors that have ties to the well-connected businesspeople who will manage it. Despite the sweeping changes the program portends for UC, the regents' vote received virtually no press coverage. UC plans to first implement Newco at UCLA and its medical centers, but some regents, along with influential business leaders across the state, want similar entities installed at Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, and other campuses. UC Regents Chairwoman Sherry Lansing called Newco at UCLA a "pilot program" for the entire UC system.
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Jay Weston: Sidney Poitier's New Novel Is Superb!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I read two books by famous show business personalities this weekend. One was a first novel by Sidney Poitier, Montaro Caine, while the other was a memoir, The Friedkin Connection, by film director William Friedkin. For various reasons, I have chosen to do a full review of only one of them, Sidney's novel, although I am also recommending Billy's searingly honest memoir, if only for its depiction of how he managed to make two of the most enduring films of our time, The French Connection and The Exorcist. I have had two incidents working with him of films not getting made (Judgement Day with Gregory Peck and The Hostages), which I might have had to recount in detail if I did a review, so I took the advice of a dear friend and deferred in that respect. After all, he is happily married to one of the great women of our world, the beautiful Sherry Lansing. (And I happened to have been at Richard Cohen's Oscar-viewing party where they met some 25 years ago. She said to him, ...
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Why Sequels To His Movie Are 'Disgusting'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Actors' memoirs come and go, but when a filmmaker tries his hand at writing a book, the results can be enlightening indeed. William Friedkin, the director best known for "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist," didn't even bother hiring a ghostwriter. Instead, he filled one Moleskine notebook after another with long-hand recollections, then sent off the pages to his publisher. "The Friedkin Connection," out April 16 from HarperCollins, is jam-packed with colorful anecdotes (who knew Gene Hackman was such a pain in the ass?), but the real joy is sharing brain space with this ballsy, unconventional force of nature as he plays career Chutes and Ladders in the company of Hollywood's A-list. Last month, Friedkin, who is married to former Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing, visited HuffPost Live and talked about the complicated legacies of his gay-themed films "The Boys in the Band" and "Cruisin'." Last week, I had the chance to ask him about his classic films "The French ...
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How Sherry Lansing Learned to Trust the Audience
Wall Street Journal - almost 4 years
When the 1987 box-office hit "Fatal Attraction" failed to win high scores from test audiences with its original ending, its creative team agreed to shoot an alternative as long as they were not required to use it, Sherry Lansing said Saturday in Dallas.
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Dustin Fitzharris: Jackie Collins Invites You On A Power Trip
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Jackie Collins has a way with words. In her new book, The Power Trip, she writes, "Men are like spaghetti -- they're all straight until they hit hot water." "That's a line that I got from my best gay friend, Barry," Collins admits. "He said that quite a lot, and I told him I was going to use it." That wouldn't surprise those who know Collins. Like her favorite animal, the panther, she's always on the prowl for juicy nuggets to build a story, and since 1969, when she wrote her first book, The World Is Full of Married Men, she's consistently been the model on which imitators base their careers. The Power Trip, her 29th book, tells the story of six high-profile couples who set sail on a luxurious yacht. Like the trip, writing the book was an adventure. To this day she still writes in longhand, and because she never plans what will happen with her characters, she's often as surprised as the readers. Two of those new characters are a gay couple, Luca, a Latin singer ...
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University Of California President To Retire
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Mark Yudof, the president of the University of California system, announced Friday he will end his tenure on Aug. 31, 2013 After consulting with his family, Yudof said he plans to return to teaching law at the UC Berkeley campus. "The prior 18 months brought a spate of taxing health issues," Yudof said. "Though these challenges have been largely overcome, I feel it is time to make a change in my professional lifestyle." Yudof has held his position since June 2008, and his tenure was characterized by unprecedented budget cuts from the state legislature, driving up tuition and fueling many protests. However, several UC campuses continued to hold multiple spots as the best universities both nationally and globally. "Beyond personal considerations, this also appears to be an apt time for the University to bring in fresh leadership," Yudof said. "When I arrived in 2008, the economy had begun to unravel and state coffers were tumbling deep into the red. With its budget ...
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Jay Weston: Bill Stadiem's New Moneywood: Hollywood in Its Last Age of Excess Is a Scandalous, Fascinating Exposé
Huffington Post - about 4 years
I have casually known author William Stadiem for several decades, ever since he was restaurant critic of Los Angeles magazine and we shared meals together while reviewing the venues. I found him to be a charming, perceptive and close-lipped fellow who always wore a half-smile of incredulity as he wrote his notes in a little book. Now I know what he considered incredible... the entire Hollywood scene of which I was an active part and of which he was an astute silent observer. This is a guy with a Harvard JD/MBA who has written eight books, most of them best-sellers, about subjects as diverse as Frank Sinatra's valet, George Hamilton's women and Marilyn Monroe's maid. But I learned never to sell him short, for his book, Dear Senator, about the hidden black daughter of the virulent anti-segregationist Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, set off a firestorm in the South that is still reverberating. Bill Stadien, author of the book. No, this is a journalist with ...
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Liz Smith: Lindsay As Liz -- Oh, Come On, Let's Give Her a Chance! Also, How Skyfall, Argo and Ralph Saved Hollywood
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"THERE IS no deodorant like success," said Elizabeth Taylor. I DON'T know about you but I've seen the movie trailer to the coming Nov. 25th Liz & Dick and although I know it won't be a patch on the real-life Burtons of movie fame, I just can't wait to catch Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor! Since I traveled with Elizabeth and Richard back in the day and wrote about their tempestuous passionate marriage in London, Paris, Rome, New York, L.A., and Leningrad, I feel like a minor authority. But, consider the fallout from the recent Lindsay Lohan-nixing of a Barbara Walters interview on ABC's 20/20? Who knew that umpteen years ago, in 2006, at a pre-Oscar party in the home of super agent Bryan Lourd, I was the person who went across a crowded room and corralled a young actress named Lindsay, saying to her, "There is someone here you need to meet"? Lindsay came with me willingly and I took her to the fireplace where I said, "Lindsay, this is Barbara Walters!" S ...
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Rita Wilson Remembers Nora Ephron In 'Variety'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Huff/Post50 editor at large Rita Wilson penned a moving tribute to her friend Nora Ephron in 'Variety' this week, one of several tributes by women to iconic leaders the industry has lost this year. In the story, Eva Longoria remembers Lupe Ontiveros; Bonnie Hunt posts a tribute to Phyllis Diller; Darnell Martin offers thoughts on Etta James; and Sherry Lansing honors Sue Mengers, among others. "[Nora Ephron's] contribution, to me, is about possibility and empowerment," writes Wilson. "She made you feel as if you could do anything. Her protagonists were strong, competent, sometimes extraordinary women that made you feel as if that was you up there on the screen, that finally someone was writing about your thoughts and feelings but saying them far more intelligently or wittily than you ever would." Check out 'Variety' for more.
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Laura Dunn: Sharon Lawrence: "Listen to Your Own Heart and to Another Woman's Story"
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The entertainment industry can be a daunting place for young women, making the need for mentoring and support greater than ever. Individuals such as First Lady Michelle Obama have publicly backed the need for mentors across all areas of a young person's life, and successful stage and screen actress Sharon Lawrence has answered the call with her years of commitment as a member of the Women in Film Foundation. As a member of Women in Film Foundation Los Angeles, Sharon helps women to achieve their potential in the global entertainment, communications and media industries both in the US and on a global scale. "My interest in Women in Film came from attending the Crystal Awards in 1998 where Meryl Streep and producers Gale Anne Hurd and Lucy Fisher were honored with the annual award. I was persuaded by the Foundation's President, Joan Hyler, to become an active member, and it is her eloquence about the status and value of the leadership of women that really opened my eyes to ...
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Tom Teicholz: Online Courses: The Perpetual Student
Huffington Post - over 4 years
It seems like only yesterday that my friend Teri was telling me that if she could do college all over again she would take different courses: literature, poetry and just a greater variety of subjects. Well, I've got some good news: turns out that you can now take an amazing variety of courses, many of them offered by universities that most of us couldn't get into today, such as Harvard, Oxford and Stanford, many of them free. What's the hitch? Just this: the courses are online. I've been taking outside education for most of my life. Just as soon as I started first grade, I started going to Sunday school (which in my case was Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday school); during high school I took life drawing classes at the Art Students League (my only shot at seeing naked people); during college, I also attended summer school (it was how I convinced my parents to first let me drive to California); and after graduate school, I continued to take various creative writing classes. T ...
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A Star Studded Cast Of Celebrities Back New Education Startup, Empowered Careers
Business Insider - over 4 years
Empowered Careers, the new adult education startup backed by former Paramount chief Sherry Lansing's foundation and the Creative Artists Agency, is getting some big-name celebrity endorsements.  Pierce Brosnan, Geena Davis, Sally Field, James Franco, James Gandolfini, Cuba Gooding, Jr., George Lopez and Rita Wilson have all signed on to help talk up the program to prospective applicants in a new advertisement for Empowered's UCLA extension classes.  In the spot, which will first play on the web and eventually on television, the actors urge viewers to believe in and reinvent themselves by enrolling in the continuing education program geared at baby boomers looking for a career change.  The company, which boasts $15 million in seed funding, begins offering classes this September. In a digital-age twist, students take their classes online via iPads.  "We really believe that we are are not just creating a company, we are creating a social movement," Michael Yanover, head of busine ...
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UC regents freeze undergraduate tuition - for now
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
University of California's governing board today approved higher fees for 57 graduate professional schools while freezing tuition for undergraduates. UC regents, meeting in San Francisco, voted to freeze tuition at $12,192 for the coming school year pending the outcome of the November election. If voters reject Proposition 30 - Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase - UC will likely raise tuition mid-year. The resolution they approved also gives UC's formal endorsement of the ballot measure. "This tax initiative affects us. It deeply affects us," said Sherry Lansing, chair of the board of regents. "I enthusiastically endorse support for this." Regent Russell Gould cast the only vote against endorsing Proposition 30. Two regents - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and student regent Jonathan Stein - voted against raising fees at UC professional schools. The proposal calls for steep increases at some UC business, law and nursing schools, and expanding the number of programs that charge ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sherry Lansing
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 67
    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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  • 2011
    Age 66
    In 2011, Lansing pledged $5 million to University of Chicago Laboratory Schools to build a new arts wing, including a 250-seat performance venue.
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  • 2007
    Age 62
    In 2007, she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work in cancer research at the 79th Academy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details The award was presented to her by Tom Cruise, her longtime friend and business partner.
  • 2005
    Age 60
    In 2005, she created The Sherry Lansing Foundation which is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for cancer research.
    More Details Hide Details She is a recipient of UCLA Anderson School of Management's highest honor-the Exemplary Leadership in Management (ELM) Award.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 59
    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."
    More Details Hide Details She is a Regent of the University of California. She sits on the boards of the American Red Cross, The Carter Center, DonorsChoose, Qualcomm, Teach for America, The American Association for Cancer Research, the Lasker Foundation and Friends of Cancer Research.
  • FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 47
    In 1992, she was offered the chairmanship of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group.
    More Details Hide Details During her tenure at Paramount, the studio enjoyed its longest and most successful string of releases since the '30s. Under Lansing, the studio produced such blockbuster hits as Forrest Gump, Braveheart, and what was, at the time, history's highest-grossing film – Titanic (the latter two with Fox). Six of the ten highest grossing Paramount films were released during her tenure which included three Academy Awards for Best Picture. Overall, 80% of the films released by Lansing were profitable, a track record unmatched by any other long term studio management leader.
  • 1991
    Age 46
    Lansing married Academy Award winning director William Friedkin on July 6, 1991; he had previously been married to French film star Jeanne Moreau.
    More Details Hide Details By this marriage, Lansing has two stepsons, Jack and Cedric. Lansing pursued an acting career (appearing in two films made in 1970, Loving and Rio Lobo, starring John Wayne) but, dissatisfied with her own acting skills, she decided to learn more about the film industry from the ground up. She took a job with MGM as head script reader and worked on two successful films, The China Syndrome and Kramer vs. Kramer.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 35
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1966
    Age 21
    In 1966, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Northwestern University, where she was a member of Sigma Delta Tau sorority.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1962
    Age 17
    Lansing attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and graduated in 1962.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Lansing was born Sherry Lee Duhl in Chicago, Illinois on July 31, 1944.
    More Details Hide Details Her mother, Margaret "Margot" Heimann, fled from Nazi Germany in 1937 at the age of 17. Her father, David Duhl, was a real-estate investor who died when she was nine. Her mother remarried and died in 1984 from ovarian cancer. She was raised in a Jewish household.
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