Lauren Shuler Donner

Producer, Assistant editor, Camera operator
A leading Hollywood producer specializing in mainstream youth and family-oriented entertainments, Shuler-Donner entered the industry as one of the first women members of the Hollywood Electronic Camera Union (Local IA ... Read more »
Born: 06/22/1951 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Producer (38)

Deadpool 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wolverine 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

X-Men: First Class 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hotel for Dogs 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Semi-Pro 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Secret Life of Bees 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

She's the Man 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Unaccompanied Minors 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Constantine 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Just Married 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Timeline 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

X2: X-Men United 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Out Cold 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

X-Men 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Free Willy 3: The Rescue 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Volcano 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Free Willy 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Favor 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dave 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Free Willy 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Radio Flyer 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Three Fugitives 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cameo by Night 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Pretty in Pink 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ladyhawke 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

St. Elmo's Fire 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mr. Mom 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Thank God It's Friday 1977 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Actor (9)

Women on Top: Hollywood and Power 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

X-Pose: X2 Mutants Uncovered 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Sixteen Candles: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

X-Men: The Mutant Watch 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Signed, Sealed, Delivered 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Whale of a Business 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

Bathhouse Maid (Actor)

Lethal Weapon 3 1992 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Biography

A leading Hollywood producer specializing in mainstream youth and family-oriented entertainments, Shuler-Donner entered the industry as one of the first women members of the Hollywood Electronic Camera Union (Local IA 659). She worked as a camera operator on a number of TV projects before graduating to associate producer of "ABC's Wide World of Entertainment" (beginning 1973), a catch-all concept for various late-night formats that attempted to compete with Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show". Shuler-Donner next moved to Motown Productions, where she rose through the ranks to make her TV producing debut with the acclaimed "Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill" (1979), a TV-movie written and directed by Joel Schumacher in the style of Robert Altman's "Nashville".

Relationships

Richard Donner

Husband
born in 1939 first worked together on "Ladyhawke" (1985)

EDUCATION

Shaker Heights High School

Cleveland , Ohio

School of Public Communications, Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts

School of Public Communications, Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts

Milestones

1998

Served as executive producer of Warren Beatty's political satire "Bulworth" and Nora Ephron's "You've Got Mail"

1995

Was an executive producer of "Assassins", directed by Donner

1993

Produced the heartwarming family film "Free Willy"; went on to oversee its two sequels

1992

Acted in a small role as a nurse in Donner's "Lethal Weapon 3"

1985

First collaboration with director (and future partner) Richard Donner as producer of "Ladyhawke"

1983

Produced first feature, "Mr. Mom"

1979

Debut as TV producer, "Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill" for Motown Productions

1978

Served as associate producer for first feature film, "Thank God It's Friday" for Motown Productions

Served as associate producer on "ABC's Wide World of Entertainment"

Joined Motown Films as story editor; rose to director of creative affairs

As a camera operator, shot rock concerts, situation comedies and TV-movies

Began career as assistant editor of medical and educational films

Bonus Trivia

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Undeterred by discouraging advice and disparaging remarks, Shuler-Donner set out to become a filmmaker. "It never occurred to me people were gonna say, "You're out of your mind.'" Shuler-Donner recalls of her early days in the business in the mid-'70s, when people told her she should be a secretary. "One guy at a production company even said, "Honey, get yourself a see-through blouse or learn shorthand,'" she marvels. --"Lauren Shuler-Donner" by Connie Benesch, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER (1993 Women in Entertainment Issue), December 7, 1993.

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Donner was one of the first female members of the Hollywood Electronic Camera Union (IATSE Local 659).

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"I'm a real sucker for story. I also look for characters I can either love or hate. Something has to draw out an emotion from me. It has to capture my imagination and make me laugh, or make me gasp in horror, or make me cry--maybe all of those things."--Lauren Shuler-Donner (press notes for "Pretty in Pink")

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She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University (1987)

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Shuler-Donner initiated into the Shaker Heights High School Hall of Fame (1988)

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