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Also Known As: Lynda Rosen, Lynda Rosen Obst Died:
Born: April 14, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, novelist, editor

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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".

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".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hello, He Lied (2002) Narration
2.
 Hello, He Lied (2002) Host
3.
 What Is a Producer? (2001) Interviewee
4.
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Began career as editor/author of "The Rolling Stone History of the Sixties"
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Worked for three years as editor of THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE
1979:
Joined Casablanca/Polygram as vice president of creative affairs
1982:
Moved to The David Geffen Company
1985:
Formed independent production company Hill/Obst Productions with producer Debra Hill
1988:
Struck own producing deal with Columbia Pictures and established Lynda Obst Productions in November
1991:
Co-authored the novel "Dirty Dreams" with Carol Wolper
1993:
Produced the hit romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle"
1993:
Signed long-term agreement with Fox
1996:
Served as producer on the romantic comedy "One Fine Day"
1996:
Renewed agreement with Fox
1999:
Produced the NBC miniseries "The 60's"
1999:
Signed three-year production deal with Paramount Pictures
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Education

Pomona College: Claremont , California -

Notes

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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husband:
David Obst. Executive. Divorced.

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son:
Oliver Obst. Born in 1978.

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"Dirty Dreams"
"Hello, He Lied -- and Other Truths About Hollywood" Little, Brown

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