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Born: May 9, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: executive, producer, editor

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The eldest child of film producer and puppeteer Jim ("the Muppets") Henson, Lisa Henson, while finishing studies in ancient Greek folklore and mythology at Harvard University, joined Warner Bros. as a production assistant in 1983. In the short ten years which followed--during which time she was associated with such popular Warners fare as the "Lethal Weapon" series, "Batman" (1989), "Batman Returns" (1992), "New Jack City" (1991) and "Free Willy" (1993)--Henson rose to the position of executive vice president in 1992. Noted for her drive, forthrightness and ability to make decisions, Henson was wooed a year later to Columbia during a low point in its recent history, what with several notable boxoffice flops and the studio's involvement in the Heidi Fleiss scandals. Her appointment as head of production at Columbia made her the youngest such executive and Hollywood, and one of the very few women to occupy such a lofty position in Hollywood's corporate structure. She eventually was named as president of Columbia Pictures in August 1993, a post she held until July 1996. Henson subsequently formed Manifest Film Company with Janet Yang.

The eldest child of film producer and puppeteer Jim ("the Muppets") Henson, Lisa Henson, while finishing studies in ancient Greek folklore and mythology at Harvard University, joined Warner Bros. as a production assistant in 1983. In the short ten years which followed--during which time she was associated with such popular Warners fare as the "Lethal Weapon" series, "Batman" (1989), "Batman Returns" (1992), "New Jack City" (1991) and "Free Willy" (1993)--Henson rose to the position of executive vice president in 1992. Noted for her drive, forthrightness and ability to make decisions, Henson was wooed a year later to Columbia during a low point in its recent history, what with several notable boxoffice flops and the studio's involvement in the Heidi Fleiss scandals. Her appointment as head of production at Columbia made her the youngest such executive and Hollywood, and one of the very few women to occupy such a lofty position in Hollywood's corporate structure. She eventually was named as president of Columbia Pictures in August 1993, a post she held until July 1996. Henson subsequently formed Manifest Film Company with Janet Yang.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ivans XTC. (2000) Margaret Mead
2.
 Funny Bones (1995) Tropicana Dancer
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Served as an editor for the Harvard Lampoon Magazine
1983:
Joined Warner Bros. as production assistant
1985:
Appointed director of creative affairs, Warner Bros.
1990:
Named vice president, production, Warner Bros.
1992:
Promoted to executive vice president, Warner Bros. Theatrical Production in March
:
Left Warners when her contract came up for renewal; spent several months hiking in the Himalayas with her sister Heather
1993:
Recruited by Columbia Pictures to be head of production; replaced Michael Nathanson as president in August
1996:
Left presidency of Columbia Pictures to become independent producer partnered with Janet Yang; formed Manifest Film Co., based at Sony Pictures Entertainment
1998:
Served as producer on "Zero Effect"
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Education

Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts -

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companion:
Sam Raimi. Filmmaker. No longer together.
companion:
James Otis. Documentarian. Born c. 1963.

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father:
Jim Henson. Producer, puppeteer, writer, director. Born September 24, 1936; died May 16, 1990; creator of the Muppets.
mother:
Jane Nebel. Married Jim Henson on May 28, 1959.
brother:
Brian Henson. Executive. Appointed president, Jim Henson Productions in January 1991.
sister:
Cheryl Henson. Associated with Jim Henson Productions; executive producer of "Puppetry at the Public"; Lisa is the eldest daughter.
brother:
John Henson. Puppeteer. Works with Muppets.
sister:
Heather Henson.
son:
Julian Otis. Born c. 1998.
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