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Sherry Lansing – Filmmaker

On January 2, 1980 Sherry Lansing made headlines when she became the first woman production head of a major movie studio (Fox) releasing such movies as “Chariots of Fire”, “The Verdict” and “Taps.”  In 1983, she left the studio to develop her own production company with Stanley Jaffey with the movies “Fatal Attraction,” “The Accused,” “School Ties,” and “Indecent Proposals” among their successes.  In 1992, she took over the chairmanship at Paramount Pictures.  Three of the movies under her tenure, “Forrest Gump,” “Braveheart,” and “Titanic” won the Oscar for Best Picture.  Even more, she started the Sherry Lansing Foundation to give back to cancer research and public education after losing her mother to the disease at a young age and being a teacher herself.

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