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Birth Place: Profession: executive, producer's assistant

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That a woman became president of production at a studio was no longer a banner headline, but by the late twentieth century, Amy Pascal, who was appointed president of Columbia Pictures in December 1996, was still a member of a very select club. Known to be popular with screenwriters and passionate in her advocacy for films, she followed the classic Hollywood rise first trademarked by Irving Thalberg more than 70 years ago - going from secretary to head of production at a studio. Moving up the ladder to chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Pascal was among the ranks of just a handful of women who had raised the bar for females in positions of power in Hollywood. She did so by overseeing such feature film hits as "Hitch," (2004) "The Da Vinci Code," (2006) and the mammoth success of the "Spider-Man" multi-million dollar franchise - in the process, becoming one of the most respected studio heads, male or female, in the business.

That a woman became president of production at a studio was no longer a banner headline, but by the late twentieth century, Amy Pascal, who was appointed president of Columbia Pictures in December 1996, was still a member of a very select club. Known to be popular with screenwriters and passionate in her advocacy for films, she followed the classic Hollywood rise first trademarked by Irving Thalberg more than 70 years ago - going from secretary to head of production at a studio. Moving up the ladder to chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Pascal was among the ranks of just a handful of women who had raised the bar for females in positions of power in Hollywood. She did so by overseeing such feature film hits as "Hitch," (2004) "The Da Vinci Code," (2006) and the mammoth success of the "Spider-Man" multi-million dollar franchise - in the process, becoming one of the most respected studio heads, male or female, in the business.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Stars In Shorts (2012)
2.
 Intimate Portrait: Jennifer Lopez (2002) Interviewee
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Worked as assistant to producer Tony Garnett in the 1980s
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Joined in partnership with Garnett in Kestral Films
1986:
Worked as vice president of production at Fox
1987:
Became vice president, production at Columbia
1989:
Promoted to executive vice president, production at Columbia
1994:
Named president of production at Turner Pictures
1996:
Returned to Columbia as president of Columbia Pictures
1998:
Given added responsibilities when TriStar was merged into Columbia
1999:
Promoted to chair of Columbia pictures (December)
2003:
Served as Chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group
2006:
Named Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment
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Education

University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

"I still have a lot to learn about being a studio executive. Eventually I'm going to make movies. I'm going to make movies no matter which way I go." --Amy Pascal in PREMIERE, May 1990.

"Amy is like an artist who's working as an executive. She doesn't have the gift of technique, but she has the vision." --Screenwriter Robin Swicord in MOVIELINE, April 1995.

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husband:
Benard Weinraub. Journalist. Second husband; works for THE NEW YORK TIMES; married on August 9, 1997.

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mother:
bookstore owner.
father:
economist.

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