Lynda Obst

Producer, Novelist, Editor
A former editor of THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, Obst moved into film production in 1979, first with the Casablanca/Polygram company, where she was involved in the development of "Flashdance" (1983). After a three-year ... Read more »
Born: 04/14/1950 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (24)

The Soul Man 2011 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Helix 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hot in Cleveland 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Interstellar 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hot in Cleveland: Behind the Hotness 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Invention of Lying 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Abandon 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hello, He Lied 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Someone Like You 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

The 60s 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hope Floats 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Siege 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Contact 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bad Girls 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

This Is My Life 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Adventures in Babysitting 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Heartbreak Hotel 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Adventures in Babysitting 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Flashdance 1983 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Actor (5)

Everything is Copy 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Herself

Hello, He Lied 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Hello, He Lied 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

What Is a Producer? 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dawn Steel: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A former editor of THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, Obst moved into film production in 1979, first with the Casablanca/Polygram company, where she was involved in the development of "Flashdance" (1983). After a three-year stint at The David Geffen Company, Obst teamed with producer Debra Hill to form Hill/Obst Productions, which was responsible for "Adventures in Babysitting" (1987), "Heartbreak Hotel" (1988) and "The Fisher King" (1991). In 1988, Obst went solo, establishing Lynda Obst Productions through which she produced Nora Ephron's directorial debut, "This Is My Life" (1992) and Ephron's box-office success "Sleepless in Seattle" (1994). She renewed her deal to produce for Fox 2000 Pictures in 1996. Obst also co-authored (with Carol Wolper) the Hollywood novel "Dirty Dreams" and has written numerous satirical essays for magazines including AMERICAN FILM and HARPER'S. In 1996, she published a memoir of sorts, "Hello, He Lied--and Other Truths About Hollywood."

Relationships

David Obst

Husband
divorced

Oliver Obst

Son
born in 1978

EDUCATION

Pomona College

Claremont, California
roommate was spiritual guide and author Marianne Williamson

Milestones

1999

Produced the NBC miniseries "The 60's"

1999

Signed three-year production deal with Paramount Pictures

1996

Renewed agreement with Fox

1996

Served as producer on the romantic comedy "One Fine Day"

1993

Signed long-term agreement with Fox

1993

Produced the hit romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle"

1991

Co-authored the novel "Dirty Dreams" with Carol Wolper

1988

Struck own producing deal with Columbia Pictures and established Lynda Obst Productions in November

1985

Formed independent production company Hill/Obst Productions with producer Debra Hill

1982

Moved to The David Geffen Company

1979

Joined Casablanca/Polygram as vice president of creative affairs

Began career as editor/author of "The Rolling Stone History of the Sixties"

Worked for three years as editor of THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE

Bonus Trivia

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In June 2003. Obst was arrested at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on marijuana charges; spent nearly six hours in the Travis County Jail before posting $1,500 bail

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