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Also Known As: Kathy Kennedy Died:
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Birth Place: California, USA Profession: producer, video editor, production assistant, camera operator, news production coordinator

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Certainly one of the most powerful women in contemporary Hollywood, producer and former Amblin Entertainment president Kathleen Kennedy was associated with a startling percentage of the top 20 highest-grossing American films, some of which were Oscar-nominated Best Picture nominees. After impressing director Steven Spielberg as a production assistant on "1941" (1979) and meeting future husband and producing partner Frank Marshall on "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), Kennedy co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Marshall and Spielberg, one of the most successful production companies in the history of the industry. As president, producer and occasionally executive producer, Kennedy oversaw an impressive array of motion pictures, from "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), "Back to the Future" (1985) and "The Color Purple" (1985) to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1988), "Jurassic Park" (1993) and "Schindler's List" (1993). In 1992, Kennedy and Marshall branched off on their own to form The Kennedy/Marshall Company, where they continued their success with "The Sixth Sense" (1999), "Signs" (2003), "Seabiscuit" (2003) and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008). Of course, Kennedy maintained her working...

Certainly one of the most powerful women in contemporary Hollywood, producer and former Amblin Entertainment president Kathleen Kennedy was associated with a startling percentage of the top 20 highest-grossing American films, some of which were Oscar-nominated Best Picture nominees. After impressing director Steven Spielberg as a production assistant on "1941" (1979) and meeting future husband and producing partner Frank Marshall on "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), Kennedy co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Marshall and Spielberg, one of the most successful production companies in the history of the industry. As president, producer and occasionally executive producer, Kennedy oversaw an impressive array of motion pictures, from "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), "Back to the Future" (1985) and "The Color Purple" (1985) to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1988), "Jurassic Park" (1993) and "Schindler's List" (1993). In 1992, Kennedy and Marshall branched off on their own to form The Kennedy/Marshall Company, where they continued their success with "The Sixth Sense" (1999), "Signs" (2003), "Seabiscuit" (2003) and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008). Of course, Kennedy maintained her working partnership with Spielberg on such critical and commercial hits as "Munich" (2005), "War of the Worlds" (2005), and "War Horse" (2011). When George Lucas picked her as his successor in 2012 to run Lucasfilm, it only added to Kennedy's legend as one of Hollywood's most powerful and successful producers.

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 Contact (1997) Herself
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Grew up in Weaverville and Redding, California
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Became interested in filmmaking in high school when she took a class in 8mm film and videotape production
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Worked as a camera operator, video editor, floor director and news production coordinator at San Diego TV station KCST while still college student
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Produced a local talk show, "You're On", for four years on KCST
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Relocated to L.A.
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Worked with producer-writer-director John Milius
1979:
Worked as a production assistant on Steven Spielberg's "1941"
1981:
Credited as associate producer and assistant to Steven Spielberg on "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
1982:
First full producer credit, "E.T."
1984:
First executive producer credit, "Gremlins"
1984:
Formed Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall; served as president
1987:
TV debut as executive producer, "China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun" a CBS documentary special
1991:
First TV credit as production executive, "Back to the Future," an animated spin-off series
1992:
With husband Marshall struck a non-exclusive three-year deal to develop and produce films for Paramount
1994:
Served as an executive producer on the live-action "The Flintstones"
1995:
Was a producer on "The Bridges of Madison County"
1995:
Produced the Frank Marshall directed, "Congo"
1996:
Served as a producer on the box-office hit "Twister"
1997:
Executive produced Steven Spielberg's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"
1998:
With Marshall, signed development deal with CBS for a one-hour drama series
1999:
Co-produced the hit thriller "The Sixth Sense"; received Oscar nomination for Best Picture
2003:
Co-Produced "Seabiscuit," which starred William H. Macy; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Dramatic Picture
2005:
Produced Steven Spielberg's "Munich," based on the tragic aftermath of the 1972 Munich Olympics in which 11 Israeli athletes were murdered; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture
2007:
Produced "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," which is based on the French memoir <i>Le scaphandre et le papillon</i> by Jean-Dominique Bauby; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Feature
2008:
Produced the fourth installment of the adventure series, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
2008:
Co-produced "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," starring Brad Pitt and directed by David Fincher; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best motion picture of the year
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Education

San Diego State University: San Diego , California - 1975

Notes

Please refer to the bio of Frank Marshall for additional relevant information on their long, productive collaboration.

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husband:
Frank Marshall. Producer, director. Met c. 1980 on the set of "Raiders of the Lost Ark"; began dating two years later; co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Kennedy and Steven Spielberg; married in 1987; formed The Kennedy/Marshall Group.

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