Sherry Lansing

Producer, Executive, Actor
A former schoolteacher, model and actor, Sherry Lansing worked her way up through the Hollywood hierarchy to be appointed president of production at 20th Century-Fox in 1980, becoming the first woman to hold that ... Read more »
Born: 07/30/1944 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Producer (12)

Stand Up to Cancer 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Stand Up To Cancer 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Indecent Proposal 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

School Ties 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Black Rain 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mistress 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Accused 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fatal Attraction 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

First Born 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Racing With the Moon 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

When the Time Comes (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (12)

Movies That Shook the World 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Fashion Machine 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Kurt Russell: Hollywood's Heavy Hitter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Frasier 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

At Rona's 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Calling the Shots 1988 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Loving 1970 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

Rio Lobo 1970 (Movie)

Amelita (Actor)

Banyon (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A former schoolteacher, model and actor, Sherry Lansing worked her way up through the Hollywood hierarchy to be appointed president of production at 20th Century-Fox in 1980, becoming the first woman to hold that position in the movie industry. With producer Stanley R. Jaffe, she formed Jaffe-Lansing productions in 1982. The team was responsible for films such as "Fatal Attraction" (1987) and "The Accused" (1988). As a result of Jaffe's appointment as president and chief operating officer of Paramount Pictures in 1991, Jaffe-Lansing Productions disbanded and Lansing continued as a producer on the Paramount lot under her own banner, Sherry Lansing Productions. In November 1992, Lansing was named chairman of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group. The studio had one of its biggest hits, 1994's Oscar-winning "Forrest Gump", under her aegis. In December 1995, she extended her contract to remain as chair of Paramount Pictures through the year 2000.

Relationships

Margo L Lansing

Mother

Josh Friedkin

Step-Son

William Friedkin Director

Husband
Married on July 6, 1991 in Barbados

Norton Lansing

Father
died in June 1996 at age 86

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois
graduated summa cum laude

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois
graduated summa cum laude

Milestones

2005

Created The Sherry Lansing Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for cancer research

2004

Stepped down as Paramount's studio chief after an almost unprecedented twelve-year tenure

1996

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in July

1996

Signed five-year contract with Paramount to remain as chair until the year 2000

1992

Named chairwoman of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group

1987

Executive produced first TV show, "When the Time Comes"

1984

Executive produced first feature, "Racing With the Moon"

1982

Formed own production company, Jaffe-Lansing Productions, with Stanley Jaffe

1977

Appointed senior vp production, Columbia Pictures

1977

Made executive story editor (1975), then executive VP creative affairs, at MGM

1970

Worked as a script reader (date approximate)

1969

Feature acting debut, "Loving"

1969

Last film as actress, "Rio Lobo"

1966

Taught math in Watts section of Los Angeles

Became story editor for Wagner International Prod. Co.

Worked as model and in TV commercials for Max Factor and Alberto-Culver Co.

Regular role in TV series, "Banyon"

Named vice president of production for Heyday Productions, Universal City, California

Appointed president of production at Twentieth Century-Fox, the first woman to hold that position in the movie industry

Made head of development for Talent Associates, all West Coast projects

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