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Also Known As: Sherry Lee Lansing Died:
Born: July 31, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: producer, executive, model, actor, story editor, school teacher

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Calling the Shots (1988) Herself
2.
 Rio Lobo (1970) Amelita
3.
 Loving (1970) Susan
6.
7.
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1966:
Taught math in Watts section of Los Angeles
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Worked as model and in TV commercials for Max Factor and Alberto-Culver Co.
1970:
Feature acting debut, "Loving"
1970:
Last film as actress, "Rio Lobo"
1971:
Worked as a script reader (date approximate)
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Regular role in TV series, "Banyon"
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Became story editor for Wagner International Prod. Co.
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Named vice president of production for Heyday Productions, Universal City, California
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Made head of development for Talent Associates, all West Coast projects
1977:
Made executive story editor (1975), then executive VP creative affairs, at MGM
1977:
Appointed senior vp production, Columbia Pictures
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Appointed president of production at Twentieth Century-Fox, the first woman to hold that position in the movie industry
1982:
Formed own production company, Jaffe-Lansing Productions, with Stanley Jaffe
1984:
Executive produced first feature, "Racing With the Moon"
1987:
Executive produced first TV show, "When the Time Comes"
1992:
Named chairwoman of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group
1996:
Signed five-year contract with Paramount to remain as chair until the year 2000
1996:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in July
2004:
Stepped down as Paramount's studio chief after an almost unprecedented twelve-year tenure
2005:
Created The Sherry Lansing Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for cancer research
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Education

Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois -
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois -

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husband:
William Friedkin. Director. Married on July 6, 1991 in Barbados.

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father:
Norton Lansing. Died in June 1996 at age 86.
mother:
Margo L Lansing.
step-son:
Josh Friedkin.

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