Barbara De Fina
This producer of high-toned genre films of the late 1980s and 90s usually worked in collaboration with Martin Scorsese (her husband from 1985-91). After dropping out of Barnard College, De Fina got her start in the industry as a production assistant on such films as "Little Murders" (1971), "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3" (1974) and "An Unmarried Woman" (1978). She swiftly climbed the industry ladder to executive producer by working in a variety of capacities, such as production coordinator ("The Next Man," 1976; Woody Allen's "Interiors," 1978), assistant director ("Gilda Live," 1980) and unit manager ("Prince of the City," 1981), on over twenty films. De Fina was also an associate producer on staff for comedian Alan King.