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Also Known As: Wendy Joan Finerman Died:
Born: Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: producer

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Determined producer who recognized the potential of a novel by Winston Groom entitled "Forrest Gump" and nurtured the project for nine years until it was made into a boxoffice bonanza that went on to win six Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.After completing business studies at the prestigious Wharton School in her native Philadelphia, Finerman worked for The Movie Channel in New York and later went west to become a business affairs executive for Universal Television. She joined Steve Tisch Productions as vice president of production and development in 1985. It was there that she came across the galleys for Winston Groom's novel "Forrest Gump" and, recognizing its cinematic potential, convinced Tisch to option the screen rights. After many years of promoting the project and three script revisions, she gave a draft to Tom Hanks, fresh off his Oscar-winning performance in "Philadelphia" (1993), who quickly agreed to star. Sherry Lansing at Paramount gave the project a green light and Finerman hasn't had to look back since. Besides "Gump", Finerman also executive produced "I Like It Like That" (1994) a funny, gritty "little" movie about an ambitious young Latino mother and wife...

Determined producer who recognized the potential of a novel by Winston Groom entitled "Forrest Gump" and nurtured the project for nine years until it was made into a boxoffice bonanza that went on to win six Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

After completing business studies at the prestigious Wharton School in her native Philadelphia, Finerman worked for The Movie Channel in New York and later went west to become a business affairs executive for Universal Television. She joined Steve Tisch Productions as vice president of production and development in 1985. It was there that she came across the galleys for Winston Groom's novel "Forrest Gump" and, recognizing its cinematic potential, convinced Tisch to option the screen rights. After many years of promoting the project and three script revisions, she gave a draft to Tom Hanks, fresh off his Oscar-winning performance in "Philadelphia" (1993), who quickly agreed to star. Sherry Lansing at Paramount gave the project a green light and Finerman hasn't had to look back since. Besides "Gump", Finerman also executive produced "I Like It Like That" (1994) a funny, gritty "little" movie about an ambitious young Latino mother and wife living in the South Bronx.

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Grew up in Baltimore and Los Angeles
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Worked at The Movie Channel in New York
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Was a business affairs executive at Universal Television
1985:
Joined producer Steve Tisch at Steve Tisch Productions as VP of production and development
1985:
Read the galleys for novel "Forrest Gump"
1988:
Debut as co-producer of feature, "Hot to Trot"
1988:
Created her own production company
1993:
Got go ahead from Paramount to make "Forrest Gump"
1994:
Debut as executive producer, "I Like It Like That"
1994:
Was producer of the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Forrest Gump"
1996:
Served as producer of the Ridley Scott-directed thriller "The Fan"
1997:
Was a producer of "Fairy Tale - A True Story"
1998:
Served as a producer of the hit "Stepmom"
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Education

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania - 1982

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husband:
Mark Canton. Chairman of Columbia Tri-Star Motion Picture Companies. Married c. 1985; Finerman filed for divorce in late summer 1997.
husband:
David Peterson. Financier. Married in 2000; his second marriage; has two children by first marriage.

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father:
Irwin Finerman. Orthopedic surgeon.
daughter:
Dorothy Canton. Born c. 1989.
son:
Henry Canton. Born c. July 1991.

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