Lili Fini Zanuck

Producer, Director, Research assistant
One of the more successful female producers, Zanuck, who has also begun a secondary career as a director, reached the top at a very young age. After a brief stint as a research assistant with the World Bank in ... Read more »
Born: 04/02/1954 in Leominster, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Producer (13)

Reign of Fire 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Countdown to Oscar 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

One 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Producer

True Crime 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mulholland Falls 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wild Bill 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Clean Slate 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rich in Love 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Driving Miss Daisy 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Barrington 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cocoon 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bessie (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (2)

On the Inside 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 1988 Miss America Pageant 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Revelations 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Rush 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

One of the more successful female producers, Zanuck, who has also begun a secondary career as a director, reached the top at a very young age. After a brief stint as a research assistant with the World Bank in Washington, DC, she moved to Los Angeles with the hopes of becoming a film editor. Shortly thereafter, she married producer Richard Zanuck, whom she had met on a blind date. Zanuck entered the industry as an unpaid researcher for her husband's partner David Brown, then assumed the full-time responsibilities of handling contracts, reading scripts and negotiating deals for The Zanuck/Brown Company. There, Zanuck helped develop "The Island" (1980), "Neighbors" (1981) and "The Verdict" (1982), before initiating and co-producing her first project, Ron Howard's hit "Cocoon" (1985).

Relationships

Richard D. Zanuck Producer

Husband
Met on a blind date Married four months later Sept. 23, 1978 Co-produced 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000)

Dean Zanuck

Step-Son
born c. 1973

Harrison Zanuck

Step-Son
born c. 1974

EDUCATION

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale , Virginia

Milestones

2000

With husband Richard, produced the annual telecast of the Academy Awards; first female to hold that distinction

2000

Signed production deal with DreamWorks

1999

Was one of the producers of the Clint Eastwood vehicle "True Crime"

1995

Co-produced "Wild Bill"

1991

Directed first feature, "Rush"

1989

Co-produced the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Driving Miss Daisy"

1987

First TV-movie as co-producer, "Barrington" (CBS)

1985

First film as co-producer, "Cocoon"

1977

Moved to Los Angeles to become a film editor; moved into office management at Carnation Company

Worked as research assistant at the World Bank in Washington in 1970s

Worked part-time as researcher for Zanuck's partner David Brown; assumed full-time responsibilities and began to handle contracts, scripts and to negotiate deals

Bonus Trivia

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Fini Zanuck has directed several music videos, most notably "Breathe", performed by Faith Hill and "Let's Make Love" by Hill and her husband Tim McGraw.

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