Dawn Steel

Executive, Producer, Merchandiser
This motion picture executive rose through the ranks of merchandising and production to become the first woman to head a major film studio (topping Sherry Lansing, who was the first woman to head the production division ... Read more »
Born: 08/19/1946 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (6)

City of Angels 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Angus 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cool Runnings 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

For Our Children: The Concert (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (1)

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This motion picture executive rose through the ranks of merchandising and production to become the first woman to head a major film studio (topping Sherry Lansing, who was the first woman to head the production division of a major studio) and was briefly the most powerful woman in Hollywood.

Relationships

Ronnie Rothstein

Husband
married in 1975 divorced within a year of marriage former business partner of a mail-order company with Steel

Chuck Roven

Husband
second husband married in 1985 until her death in 1997 father of Steel's daughter formerly worked as an arbitrageur

Rebecca Roven

Daughter
born in March 1987 father Chuck Roven survived her

Charles Roven Producer

Wife

Nat Steel

Father
suffered a nervous breakdown when Steel was a child changed family name from Speilberg

Lillian Steel

Mother
deceased

EDUCATION

School of Business Administration, Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts 1964 - 1965
dropped out because of lack of funds

New York University

New York, New York 1966 - 1967
did not graduate

Milestones

1994

Formed Atlas Entertainment with husband Chuck Roven; signed a three-year first look deal with Turner Pictures (Turner Pictures folded in 1996)

1993

Wrote an acount of her reign at Columbia titled "They Can Kill You, But They Can't Eat You"

1990

Formed Steel Pictures for the Walt Disney Co. (left Disney in 1993 after two films)

1990

Resigned as head of Columbia Pictures (January 8)

1987

Became head of Columbia Pictures (first woman studio head)

1983

Promoted to senior vice president of production at Paramount

1980

Named vice president of production at Paramount

1979

Joined Paramount Pictures as director of merchandising and licensing (1978); promoted to vice president

1978

Moved to Los Angeles

1968

Worked as a sportswriter for MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DIGEST and the NFL in New York

Grew up poor in the well-to-do area of Great Neck, Long Island

Became president of Oh Dawn! Inc., a merchandising company

Named president of production with involvement in, and responsibility for, such films as "Flashdance" (1983), "Top Gun" (1986), and "Fatal Attraction" (1987)

Merchandising consultant for PLAYBOY Magazine

Hired as secretary at PENTHOUSE Magazine; worked her way up to editor and director of merchandising

Bonus Trivia

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Steel serves on the Board of Trustees to the American Film Institute, is a contributor to the Neil Bogart Cancer Fund, is a member of the California Abortion Rights Action League, the AIDS Project, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

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