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.