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Born: October 25, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: producer, screenwriter

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Instrumental in creating the contemporary concept of the "event" motion picture, a movie so vast in scope and appeal that it takes on a life of its own in the world audience's imagination, producer Gale Anne Hurd began her career as Roger Corman's assistant at New World Pictures, moving through the ranks to the company's head of marketing and later as a production executive. She ventured out on her own as producer (and co-writer) of future husband James Cameron's innovative "The Terminator" (1984). Although Orion had serious doubts anyone would be interested in a sci-fi thriller with a female protagonist, the film's overwhelming box-office success conditioned Hollywood to the then-novel idea of a female producer. Hurd solidified her reputation in the action-adventure genre, producing the Cameron-helmed "Aliens" (1986), a superior sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 classic "Alien", featuring a buff Sigourney Weaver, and "The Abyss" (1989), with a central story about a marital breakup that reportedly mirrored the real-life one between her and Cameron. Both films were also noted for employing cutting edge special effects but allowing their casts to shine as well. Despite their divorce, Hurd and Cameron...

Instrumental in creating the contemporary concept of the "event" motion picture, a movie so vast in scope and appeal that it takes on a life of its own in the world audience's imagination, producer Gale Anne Hurd began her career as Roger Corman's assistant at New World Pictures, moving through the ranks to the company's head of marketing and later as a production executive. She ventured out on her own as producer (and co-writer) of future husband James Cameron's innovative "The Terminator" (1984). Although Orion had serious doubts anyone would be interested in a sci-fi thriller with a female protagonist, the film's overwhelming box-office success conditioned Hollywood to the then-novel idea of a female producer. Hurd solidified her reputation in the action-adventure genre, producing the Cameron-helmed "Aliens" (1986), a superior sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 classic "Alien", featuring a buff Sigourney Weaver, and "The Abyss" (1989), with a central story about a marital breakup that reportedly mirrored the real-life one between her and Cameron. Both films were also noted for employing cutting edge special effects but allowing their casts to shine as well. Despite their divorce, Hurd and Cameron reteamed for the blockbuster sequel "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991), which once again pushed the limits of FX technology.

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Raised in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California
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Received offer to work for Roger Corman from a former professor who was working as Corman's head of production
1977:
Began career as executive assistant to Roger Corman at New World Pictures
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Worked at New World Pictures, moving up the ranks from assistant to president to director of marketing and publicity to production executive
1980:
Worked as assistant production manager on "Battle Beyond the Stars" and production assistant on "Humanoids From the Deep"
1981:
Producing debut (as co-producer), "Smokey Bites the Dust"
1982:
Formed Pacific Western Productions
1984:
Produced (and co-scripted) the hit sci-fi actioner "The Terminator"; first collaboration with James Cameron
1986:
Served as a producer on Cameron's sequel "Aliens"; film garnered seven Academy Award nominations and won two Oscars (Sound Effects and Visual Effects)
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Formed production company, No Frills Films
1988:
Produced "Bad Dreams", the first feature under the No Frills Films banner
1988:
With Richard Kobritz, produced the feature "Alien Nation"; later was creative consultant for the Fox series "Alien Nation" (1989-1990)
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Formed production company, G.J.P., Inc. with James Cameron
1989:
Served as producer of Cameron's underwater thriller "The Abyss"; reportedly the marital breakup of the lead couple in the film was loosely inspired by the realtionship of Cameron and Hurd; film nominated for four Oscars, winning the statue for Best Visual Effects
1990:
Appeared on NBC News special, "The New Hollywood"
1991:
Reteamed with Cameron, serving as executive producer on the sequel "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"; film introduced state-of-the-art special effects including morphing and was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning four (for Sound Effects Editing, Makeup, Sound and Special Effects)
1991:
Signed production deal with Universal for two-year, first-look deal in partnership with second husband Brian De Palma
1991:
Produced the HBO film "Cast a Deadly Spell", directed by Martin Campbell
1992:
On a different note, produced the arty independent "The Waterdance", which received the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and won two Independent Spirit Awards (Best First Feature and Best Screenplay)
1992:
First and only collaboration with De Palma, "Raising Cain"
1994:
Was producer of the action adventure "No Escape", helmed by Campbell
1994:
Sued by producer Dan Lupovitz over his participation in the film "Safe Passage"; suit dismissed in 1996
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Formed Valhalla Motion Pictures
1995:
Was executive producer of the HBO biopic "Sugartime", centering on the relationship between singer Phyllis McGuire and reputed mob boss Sam Giancana
1996:
Produced the period drama "The Ghost and the Darkness"
1997:
Served as producer of the thrillers "The Relic" and "SwitchBack" and the disaster-themed "Dante's Peak"
1997:
Announced attempt to block sale of the rights to a third "Terminator" film to producer Andy Vajna by the bankrupt Carolco Pictures; Hurd later withdrew her opposition
1998:
Had blockbuster hit as one of the producers of "Armageddon"; co-scripted by third husband Jonathan Hensleigh; film received four Oscar nominations
1999:
Produced the comedy "Dick", about two high school students who become embroiled in Watergate
2001:
Served as producer of the sci-fi comedy "Clockstoppers"
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With Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna, produced the action sequel "Terminator 3" (scheduled for a 2002 release)
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Announced plans to produce "The Hulk", to be directed by Ann Lee
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Education

Palm Springs High School: Palm Springs , California - 1973
Stanford University: Stanford , California - 1977
Stanford University: Stanford , California - 1977

Notes

"You have to be the cheerleader, the den mother, the person the cast and crew come to whem they're upset. As women, we are collaborators, problem solvers. We tend to be interested in solutions, not blame." --Gale Anne Hurd on producing films as a maternal experience from People Extra, Spring 1991.

Things are a lot better for women now than when she was breaking into the business: "I went to a studio meeting for the first time to discuss producing a film in double digits. One of the executives asked, 'How could a little girl like you expect to produce a big film like this?' No one would dare say something like that today." --Gale Anne Hurd in Daily Variety, June 19, 1998.

"I just think Gale Anne is one of the finest persons I've ever known. She knows everything about production from the ground up, on gigantic pictures as well as small productions. She's meticulous and cares tremendously about everything she does. She has an intellectual curiosity about life in general that helps her as a producer." --Sherry Lansing, quoted in Daily Variety, June 25, 1999.

She is a benefactor of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Woman.

In 1989 and 1990, Hurd was a juror for both the Focus Student Film Awards and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nichol Fellowship.

"The Terminator" won the Grand Prize at the Avoriaz Film Festival, and "Aliens" garnered the Hugo Award as best dramatic presentation from the World Science Fiction Society in 1987.

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husband:
James Cameron. Director, producer. Married in 1985; divorced in 1989; reportedly used their marital breakup as fodder for the lead couple in "The Abyss" (1989).
husband:
Brian De Palma. Director. Married on July 20, 1991; separated in September 1992; divorced.
husband:
Jonathan Hensleigh. Producer, screenwriter. Scripted "Armageddon".

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father:
Frank E Hurd. Private investor.
mother:
Lolita Espiau.
daughter:
Lolita De Palma. Born on September 19, 1991 in Palo Alto, California; father, Brian De Palma.

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