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Also Known As: Lindsay Margaret Doran Died:
Born: June 22, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: executive, producer, book editor, film historian

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The President of Sydney Pollack's Mirage Enterprises and producer of some of the company's most literate projects, Lindsay Doran was born in the heart of Los Angeles' film community, but after college (University of California at Santa Cruz), she fled to London. There, she contributed to "The Oxford Companion to Film" and "The World Encyclopedia of Film". Doran's next base was central Pennsylvania, where she wrote and produced documentaries for a local station, WPSX. In 1979, Doran finally returned to her roots, moving back to L.A. and joining Avco Embassy Pictures, as assistant to the director of creative affairs. Soon promoted to story executive, she worked on such films as "Take This Job and Shove It" and "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" (both 1981) and "Swamp Thing" (1982). When her studio became Embassy Pictures, Doran was named vice president of creative affairs, developing and producing such films as Rob Reiner's "This is Spinal Tap" (1984) and "The Sure Thing" (1985). Doran joined Paramount in 1985, as senior vice president of production. There, she nurtured such talents as John Hughes, helping him get "Pretty in Pink" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (both 1986) produced. Having...

The President of Sydney Pollack's Mirage Enterprises and producer of some of the company's most literate projects, Lindsay Doran was born in the heart of Los Angeles' film community, but after college (University of California at Santa Cruz), she fled to London. There, she contributed to "The Oxford Companion to Film" and "The World Encyclopedia of Film". Doran's next base was central Pennsylvania, where she wrote and produced documentaries for a local station, WPSX.

In 1979, Doran finally returned to her roots, moving back to L.A. and joining Avco Embassy Pictures, as assistant to the director of creative affairs. Soon promoted to story executive, she worked on such films as "Take This Job and Shove It" and "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" (both 1981) and "Swamp Thing" (1982). When her studio became Embassy Pictures, Doran was named vice president of creative affairs, developing and producing such films as Rob Reiner's "This is Spinal Tap" (1984) and "The Sure Thing" (1985).

Doran joined Paramount in 1985, as senior vice president of production. There, she nurtured such talents as John Hughes, helping him get "Pretty in Pink" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (both 1986) produced. Having hit the glass ceiling at Paramount after four years, Doran was lured away by Sydney Pollack in 1989; she joined Mirage that year as president, one of the few women to hold that position at a major company.

Working closely with Pollack and other producers, she has been responsible for such films as Kenneth Branagh's noir mystery "Dead Again" (1991), the road comedy "Leaving Normal" (1992), the Sydney Pollack-directed thriller "The Firm" (1993), Emma Thompson's literate, enjoyable "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) and the 1995 remake of the 1954 romance "Sabrina". Doran has a few Mirage TV shows to her credit as well, including "A Private Matter" (HBO, 1992), and the detective series "Fallen Angels" (Showtime, 1993-95).

In 1996, Doran was tapped to become president of United Artists.

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Moved to London after college
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Worked as contributing editor to "The Oxford Companion to Film" and "The World Encyclopedia of Film"
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Returned to USA
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Worked at WPSX-TV, a public TV station in PA; wrote and produced documentaries and children's programming
1979:
Joined story department at Embassy Pictures
1982:
Promoted to director of development
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Became vice president, creative affairs
1985:
Joined Paramount Pictures as vice president, production for motion picture group
1987:
Became senior vice president, production
1989:
Left Paramount to become president of Mirage Productions
1996:
Named president of United Artists Pictures
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Education

University of California at Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz , California -

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husband:
Rodney Kemerer. Parents from the Dominican Republic.

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