Susan Downey
American film producer
Susan Downey
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Birthday
06 November 1973
home town
Schaumburg, Illinois
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Birth name
Susan Nicole Levin
Hometown
Schaumburg, Illinois
Residence
Venice
Brentwood
State of California
Nationality
Religion
Judaism
Alma mater
University of Southern California
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Reese Witherspoon Bonds With Baby Tennessee, Lookalike Daughter Ava During Picnic in San Francisco
US Magazine - about 3 years
Picture perfect family! Reese Witherspoon was photographed enjoying a weekend getaway with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area over the weekend. The 37-year-old actress and mom of three enjoyed some quality time with daughter Ava and youngest son Tennessee at Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, Calif. PHOTOS: Reese Witherspoon's happy family On Saturday, Nov. 9, Witherspoon had a picnic with her kids out on the resort's lawn. Wearing a white Lanston T-shirt, jeans and sunglasses, Witherspoon sat in the grass and snapped photos of her adorable 13-month-old son Tennessee. The Mud actress was also joined by lookalike 14-year-old daughter Ava, who wore a blue and white flannel shirt, skinny jeans and her long blonde hair down in waves. The mother-daughter duo were later seen posing for a photo together. An insider tells Us Weekly that Witherspoon also walked down by the the Golden Gate Bridge to take some family photos. PHOTOS: Reese Witherspoon's body evolution Wither ...
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James Toback: Robert Downey Jr. Is 'Not The Same Person Anymore'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Robert Downey Jr. and director James Toback made three films together between 1987 and 1999, but don't necessarily expect them to collaborate in the future. In an interview with HuffPost Live host Ricky Camilleri, Toback slammed Downey by saying "he's not the same person anymore." "He's clearly under some influence which has flattened him out," Toback said. "He's not, apparently, doing any drugs. He's not going up and down. He's on an even keel, and he's become the most successful robotic cartoon character in movie history. He's a one-man brand franchise. I think it requires him to be a person who doesn't resemble the person he used to be. That was a conscious decision. I was one of the three people who toasted him at his wedding, and I could feel the beginning of it there. I got a sense of the wife, and the kind of control she was going to take over his life. The fact that he was ready to surrender his life to somebody and to AA or whatever." Downey married his wife, Susan, in 2005 ...
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From Mountlake Terrace to Hollywood. Local jewelry designer
Edmonds Patch - over 4 years
SUBJECT LINE: In honor of Mother's Day 2012, RitaSunderland.com , in association with The Artisan Group, to participate in creating a great collection of handcrafted products for some of Hollywood's most talked-about celebrity mothers. Through a collaborative effort by The Artisan Group, some of Hollywood's most talked-about celebrity mothers will receive a collection of handcrafted artisan goods to celebrate Mother's Day. All celebrities will receive RitaSunderland.com’s business cards in their swag bags along with cards and gifts from a lucky few of The Artisan Group’s members. The Artisan Group has put together a great way to help promote artists who handcraft goods on a small scale and have received much attention. Celebrities aren't the only folks who show up at these luxury Gift Lounges. Nearly 50 members of the press (think ABC News, AOL Beauty, The Huffington Post, E! News, Life & Style Magazine, Splash Magazines, Fox, MSNBC, etc.) also attend these events, looking fo ...
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Warner Bros., Joel Silver Part Ways After 25 Years (Updated)
The Wrap - over 4 years
Updated, 3:10 p.m. PT Warner Bros. has all but ended its longtime production deal with Joel Silver, one of Hollywood's biggest producers and a mainstay at the studio. Silver's deal with Warner concludes at the end of 2012, and the studio has no intention of renewing it, a studio executive told TheWrap. The producer of iconic franchises like “Lethal Weapon” and “The Matrix” has a relationship with the studio dating back to the 1980s and founded his own Silver Pictures in 1985. "There's nothing unsual about Joel's situation. His contract will be up and creative people change studios all the time," Bert Fields, Silver's attorney, told TheWrap. "Joel has had many good friends at Warner Bros. and has made some oustanding films there. Now its time to move on." There has been much speculation about where Silver might take his company's films in the future. Though Fields declined to discuss the future, his comments all but assure Warner will not be distributing them. Silver ...
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How Robert Downey Jr. Plans To Be A Successful Dad
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Robert Downey Jr. might play a hero in his upcoming film “The Avengers” -- but in a new interview with Esquire, he says that's not the way he wants his 2-month-old son to see him in real life. In the magazine’s May issue, Downey Jr. discusses his parenting philosophy and celebrates the birth of Exton Elias, his son with producer Susan Downey. “Do I want to be a hero to my son? No. I would like to be a very real human being. That’s hard enough. … [H]ero to me is not applicable to the human experience.” Looking ahead to the future, the actor reflects on successful parenting techniques by recalling his own father's inflexibility. “Sometimes you just gotta be drop-kicked out of the nest,” he notes, adding, “There are some parents who have really done it right and told their kid, ‘You know, we have this dough, none of this is for you. You have to get your own.’” When it comes down to it, though, the actor says he’s not trying to stick to an i ...
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Robert Downey Jr: Not A ‘Superhero Dad’
The Inquisitor - over 4 years
Robert Downey Jr is currently doing promotion for the film The Avengers, which he’s featured in as his most popular box office role to date, Iron Man, but as he’s told Esquire magazine he doesn’t want to be known as a “superhero dad.” Downey Jr., 47, told the magazine that he’s fine with being seen as “a very real human being” by his 2-month old son, Exton, who he welcomed with wife Susan. The couple have been married since 2005 after they met on the set of Gothika, a film Susan Downey (Levin) produced and Downey Jr. starred in alongside actress Halle Berry. Robert Downey Jr. also tells Esquire in their May issue, about the fears and feelings since the birth of his newborn son stating: I guess here’s what’s come to me in the last three weeks: That anticipation and fear are going to come back. Am I going to know what to do with them? Does any new parent, even if you’re not a first-time parent, ever really know what to do? Only thing you have to do, the only requirement, if you ...
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Scenes From ‘The Avengers’ Premiere (Photos)
Wall Street Journal - over 4 years
Getty Images Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey arrive. The star-studded cast of “The Avengers” turned out on the red carpet last night for the Marvel Studios film premiere, including Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner. The film, about a group of superheroes who join forces to fight the nefarious forces of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), is one of the first summer tentpole films to premiere. Last night, there was some fanfare with RDJ arriving in a sports car and comics creator Stan Lee posing fiercely on a motorcycle. Click on the slideshow tab above to see images from the premiere.
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Completes 100 Days In Cinemas
Koimoi - over 4 years
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Movie Stills Warner Bros. Pictures’ Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the follow-up to the smash hit Sherlock Holmes has completed 100 days on 6 April 2012. The sequel reunited Robert Downey Jr. in his role as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, Jude Law as his formidable colleague, Dr. Watson and producers Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, written by Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney and created by created by the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had a strong opening weekend in India. The collections to date on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in India is 123 million which is 155% above its prequel Sherlock Holmes which released on 8 January 2010. The announcement was made today by Denzil Dias, Deputy Managing Director -Theatrical, Warner Bros. Pictures India. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opened on approximately 115 screens on 29 December 2011. The film is curren ...
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Robert Downey Jr. and wife Susan Downey are having a boy
CNN - almost 5 years
It appears <a class="fplink fp-235156" href="/robert+downey+jr">Robert Downey, Jr.</a>. doesn't have an iron will when it comes to keeping a secret.
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Celebrity couples watch: Who's in the spotlight this week? - http://starlounge.ie.msn.com/
Google News - about 5 years
Babies have played a crucial role in the world of celebrity couples this week - with Robert Downey, Jr. kicking things off by announcing that wife Susan Downey is expecting their first child. Days later, former Spice Girl Mel B and husband Stephen
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Scarlett Johansson and The Avengers Cast Join New Dad-to-Be Robert Downey Jr ... - PopSugar.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Robert Downey Jr. held hands with his pregnant wife, producer Susan Downey, on the set of The Avengers today in NYC. It was just a few days ago that the pair announced they are expecting their first child together; Robert also has a 17-year-old son,
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Robert Downey Jr. and wife Susan expecting a baby! - SheKnows.com
Google News - over 5 years
As the latest celeb to announce baby news, he and wife Susan Downey are expecting! Though mum&#39;s the word on an exact due date, the mini Downey will reportedly arrive February 2012. Keep reading for more Robert Downey Jr. baby news… after the jump!
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Alyssa Milano welcomes baby boy; Robert Downey Jr. and wife expecting first child - Syracuse.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Joining Milano and Bulgari in parenthood is 46-year-old actor Robert Downey Jr. and his wife of six years, 37-year-old film producer Susan Downey. They&#39;re expecting their first child together early next year. The couple &quot;could not be more excited over
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The Grapevine: Robert Downey Jr., Ed O'Neill, David 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Daryl ... - The Epoch Times
Google News - over 5 years
Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Actor Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey are expecting their first child, according to People. “They can&#39;t wait to welcome this new baby into their wonderful family,” his
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Robert Downey Jr. and wife Susan Downey expecting a baby - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, producer Susan Downey, are expecting a baby. Downey&#39;s rep confirmed the news to Celebritology via e-mail. This will be the first child for the couple, who married in 2005, two years after meeting on the set ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Susan Downey
1973
Born on November 6, 1973.
2002
In 2002, she made her producing debut as a co-producer on Ghost Ship and then co-produced the 2003 release Cradle 2 the Grave Downey went on to produce the features Gothika and House of Wax, and also served as an executive producer on the critically acclaimed comedic thriller Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Downey later produced Neil Jordan's psychological drama The Brave One, starring Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard; Guy Ritchie's comedy RocknRolla, starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Idris Elba, Chris Bridges and Jeremy Piven; the horror thriller Orphan, starring Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard; and the thriller Whiteout, starring Kate Beckinsale. She was also an executive producer on the Hughes brothers' post-apocalyptic drama The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman. Downey was working on production for Guy Ritchie's crime film RocknRolla, during which her husband Robert Downey Jr., visited her office at Silver Pictures and learned about Ritchie's plans for a new Sherlock Holmes film; at her husband's request, Susan set up a meeting with Ritchie, and soon the film had Robert Downey Jr. as its lead. The film became the first time since 2005's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang that the Downeys had worked together, and according to Robert Downey Jr., the couple enjoyed it very much because they did not have to "miss each other" during the long production.
2003
Downey proposed to Levin on November 5, 2003, the night before her 30th birthday. The couple went public with their relationship the same year, and were married on August 27, 2005, in a Jewish ceremony at Amagansett, New York.
Downey credits his wife with helping him kick his drug and alcohol habits. "The old saying is true – behind every good man there's an incredible woman. I owe a huge amount – if not all – of my success to Susan. We make a great team, and all that luck I spoke about, that's Susan." Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie describes the couple as "the greatest illustration of a symbiotic marriage that I've ever seen. It's a real yin and yang, and it's made him a joy to work with. Robert would be a pain in the ass if he didn't have Susan to police him." One of his biceps bears a tattoo which reads, "Suzie Q" as a tribute to her.
2009
Until February 2009, she was Co-President of Dark Castle Entertainment and Executive Vice President of Production at Silver Pictures, Joel Silver's production company, but has since stepped down to work more closely with her husband, Robert Downey Jr. The couple have formed their own production house entitled Team Downey.
Levin was born in Schaumburg, Illinois to Rosie, who was on the PTA, and Elliott Levin, a businessman. She became interested in the movie business at age 12. She graduated from Schaumburg High School as class valedictorian in 1991. She is Jewish. Interested in pursuing a career in film production, Levin moved to California and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. She began her career at Threshold Entertainment, where she oversaw the development and production of projects based on well-known properties for both the company's film and television slates. These include the feature films Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, as well as the 22-episode TV series Mortal Kombat: Conquest which ran on both TNT and in syndication. Downey held the dual posts of Co-President of Dark Castle Entertainment and Executive Vice President of Production at Silver Pictures. Joining Silver Pictures in 1999, she oversaw the development and production of feature films released under both banners, including Thir13en Ghosts and Swordfish.
Sherlock Holmes opened to good reviews and record-breaking box office over the Christmas holiday in 2009.
It was the couple's most financially successful joint venture to date, and netted Robert Downey, Jr. his third Golden Globe Award, his first for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. In his satirical, self-deprecating acceptance speech, he started off by thanking his wife: "First of all, I would like to thank Susan Downey for telling me that Matt Damon was going to win, 'so don't bother to prepare a speech.' That was at about 10AM." He continued his speech by noting all the people he supposedly wasn't going to thank (indirectly thanking them for giving him a chance to be in the movie) and again singled out his wife for tribute: "I mean, I really don't want to thank my wife, because I could be bussing tables at the Daily Grill right now if not for her." Susan worked with the production staff of Iron Man 2, Due Date and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows alongside her husband, allowing the couple to work together again after the first Sherlock Holmes completed production.
2010
In June 2010, Robert and Susan Downey announced the formation of their Warner Bros.
-based production company Team Downey, and hired David Gambino to be president of production. Their first producing project is Yucatan, a heist film originally crafted by Steve McQueen as a star vehicle for himself. Columbia Pictures announced on October 20 it had obtained the rights to Neil Strauss' non-fiction 2009 bestseller Emergency! This Book Will Save Your Life. The book is to be developed into a feature produced by Team Downey. The Downeys are also developing a musical project for Warner Bros. from a pitch by "Next to Normal" composers Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt. Team Downey produced the family drama The Judge (2014), starring Downey, Jr.
2011
In 2011, Team Downey announced plans to produce the tragic, shark-infested tale of the "USS Indianapolis" and the exoneration of her Captain (decades later) due to the efforts of schoolboy Hunter Scott.
Susan Levin's first full-credit producer job was for the 2003 thriller Gothika, starring Halle Berry and Levin's future husband, actor Robert Downey Jr.. Downey – who was in the process of divorcing his first wife, Deborah Falconer — has said that his most memorable recollection about shooting Gothika was "romancing the producer;" Levin stated to James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio that while she thought Downey was "an amazing actor that we were lucky to have in our movie," her first impression of him was that he was "weird." The two quietly struck up a romance – though she turned down his romantic advances twice for fear that their relationship would not last through the completion of shooting because "he's an actor; I have a real job".
2012
She gave birth to their first son, Exton Elias Downey, on February 7, 2012, in Los Angeles, California.
2014
On July 9, 2014, Downey Jr. announced via his Facebook and Twitter that he and his wife were expecting a daughter in November.
Their second child together, Avri Roel Downey, was born on November 4, 2014.
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