Julia Phillips

Producer
As a producer in the early-to-mid 1970s, Julia Phillips helped shepherd some of the era's most iconic films to the big screen and consequently became the first woman to ever win an Academy Award as a producer. In ... Read more »
Born: 04/07/1944 in New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (5)

The Beat 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Taxi Driver 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Steelyard Blues 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Sting 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Julia Phillips: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

As a producer in the early-to-mid 1970s, Julia Phillips helped shepherd some of the era's most iconic films to the big screen and consequently became the first woman to ever win an Academy Award as a producer. In partnership with her then-husband Michael Phillips, she made her debut with "Steelyard Blues" (1973) and at age 30 won the Oscar for producing "The Sting" (1973), one of the biggest hits of the decade. Phillips went on to produce "Taxi Driver" (1976) and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), only to derail her promising young career with a serious cocaine addiction that stretched well into the 1980s. Her addiction was so debilitating that Phillips rarely produced again and virtually disappeared from the industry into a haze of freebasing and abusive relationships. In 1991, however, Phillips emerged clean and sober, but still as caustic as ever with her tell-all memoir You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, which detailed her rapid rise and fall while managing to alienate a wide swath of celebrities, whose embarrassing behind-the-scenes details were given public viewing. The book became a New York Times bestseller, but at the price of Phillips' permanently ended Hollywood career. Even after her death from cancer in 2002, Phillips had - deservedly or not - maintained the reputation as being the most hated woman in Hollywood.

Relationships

Adolph Miller

Father
deceased

Tanya Miller

Mother
deceased

Matthew Miller

Brother
survived her

Michael Phillips

Husband
married in 1966 divorced in August 1975

Kate Phillips

Daughter
born on October 7, 1973 survived her

EDUCATION

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley , Massachusetts 1965

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1974

AFI Conservatory

1974

Milestones

1999

Was subject of an "E! True Hollywood Story"

1991

Published controversial memoir, "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again"

1987

Made one-shot return to feature film producing with "The Beat"

1977

Worked as a producer on "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"; last film for a decade

1976

Was a producer on Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver"

1974

Directorial debut, "The Estate of Billy Buckner" (for AFI's Women Directors Workshop)

1973

First film as producer, "Steelyard Blues"

1973

Became first female producer to share in the Best Picture Oscar with "The Sting"

1970

Founded and was president, Ruthless Productions, Los Angeles

1970

Became creative executive at First Artists Productions, New York

1969

Headed Mirisch Productions in New York

1969

Formed Bill/Phillips Productions with then-husband Michael Phillips and actor Tony Bill

1968

Entered film industry as East Coast story editor at Paramount Pictures

1965

Worked as editorial assistant, then associate editor, "Ladies Home Journal"

Became textbook advertising copywriter for Macmillan Publications

Worked as production assistant at McCall's Magazine

Bonus Trivia

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She received the Katherine McFarland Short Story Award in 1964.

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