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September 11, 2002
Sherry Lansing, 57, chairwoman of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group, is one of Hollywood's highest-ranking female executives. Lansing, a former teacher, model and actress, is married to Oscar-winning director William Friedkin ("The French Connection"). * "It's a day I will never forget. The only comparison I can think of is the Kennedy assassination. I was just about to get up when my husband woke me. He said, 'America is being attacked!'
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March 7, 2013 | By Susan King
Producer and former studio chief Sherry Lansing will receive the 2013 Israel Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening-night gala April 18 at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Named president of 20th Century Fox in 1980, Lansing, 68, was the first woman to head a major film studio. She was chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures for more than 12 years and was involved in the producing, marketing and distribution of more than 200 films, including the Oscar-winning best pictures "Forrest Gump," "Braveheart" and "Titanic.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 1994 | ELAINE DUTKA
Then: President of production, 20th Century Fox, 1980-1983. Now: After 11 years as an independent producer, was named chairman of Paramount's Motion Picture Group November, 1992. * After spending seven of the first 18 months of her marriage to director William Friedkin away on location, Lansing gave up producing for a studio chief post. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, she says, the position gave her more control over her life.
OPINION
September 19, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
On Thursday, county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and a delegation of business and labor leaders traveled to San Francisco to urge the University of California's Board of Regents to approve an agreement that would end the state's most pressing public health problem. Three years ago, federal regulators began the process of closing down Los Angeles County's scandal-plagued King-Drew Medical Center in Willowbrook, leaving South L.A. without a public hospital. The regulators had no choice, but the fact remains that, ever since then, the mainly African American and immigrant Latino people of the area have been without even the vestigial care the old facility provided.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Qualcomm Inc. named film industry veteran Sherry Lansing to its board as the company moves to launch a television service for cellphones. Lansing joins the board as the San Diego-based cellphone chip maker is spending $800 million to start the TV service, called MediaFLO. Verizon Wireless plans to introduce the service next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2005 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
Barbara Walters has interviewed heads of state and Hollywood's biggest celebrities, but it's the working women she remembers the most -- the streetwalkers on 57th Street in Manhattan near Carnegie Hall when she became the first woman to co-host the "Today" show in the 1970s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2007 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Private home security services have become a staple in L.A. neighborhoods both wealthy and modest. But now, two Hollywood power players -- Oscar-winning director William Friedkin and his wife, former Paramount Studios boss Sherry Lansing -- contend that one system offered little protection and might even have been an advertisement for burglars.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2005 | Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
There are peers, moguls, power brokers who think that Sherry Lansing is a little crazy -- to leave behind the pursuit of riches, the glamour, the heady aroma of power all day and all night, who look at her a little blankly when she announces that she's going to devote the rest of her life to philanthropy, to the amorphous but distinctly real notion of giving back. As is the way of a natural politician, Lansing, the outgoing chairman of the Paramount Motion Picture Group, declines to name names.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 1993 | CLAUDIA ELLER and ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Just when Paramount Pictures was beginning to stabilize under the 10-month reign of movie chairman Sherry Lansing, the studio was purchased this week by Viacom Inc. in a multibillion-dollar deal that will transform the studio's parent company into a mega-media giant.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 1993 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, Robert W. Welkos is a Times staff writer.
"I'll tell you a story that is sort of funny." Sherry Lansing is seated in her executive office on the Paramount Pictures lot. It is a sunlit room with bleached oak floors and comfortable sofas as well as pieces of African and pre-Columbian statuary. Her mood on this July morning is upbeat. "Indecent Proposal," a film Lansing produced, has grossed more than $100 million for the studio since the spring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2007 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Private home security services have become a staple in L.A. neighborhoods both wealthy and modest. But now, two Hollywood power players -- Oscar-winning director William Friedkin and his wife, former Paramount Studios boss Sherry Lansing -- contend that one system offered little protection and might even have been an advertisement for burglars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2007 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
Sherry Lansing retired as head of Paramount Pictures two years ago to head a foundation devoted to education and other causes. What if, she wondered recently, other retirees like her wanted to do the same. Well, not exactly like her and not precisely the same way. She had in mind a lower-budget, in-the-trenches contribution: namely, becoming a teacher. That plan blossomed into a media event led by Gov.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2006 | From Times staff and wire reports
Sherry Lansing, the former chairwoman of Paramount Motion Picture Group, was named Thursday to receive a special Oscar at the Academy Awards ceremony Feb. 25. Lansing, 62, will be given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in recognition of her work on behalf of numerous causes, including fighting cancer, the Red Cross, stem cell research and the Carter Center, a human rights organization. She also is a regent of the University of California.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Qualcomm Inc. named film industry veteran Sherry Lansing to its board as the company moves to launch a television service for cellphones. Lansing joins the board as the San Diego-based cellphone chip maker is spending $800 million to start the TV service, called MediaFLO. Verizon Wireless plans to introduce the service next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2005 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
Barbara Walters has interviewed heads of state and Hollywood's biggest celebrities, but it's the working women she remembers the most -- the streetwalkers on 57th Street in Manhattan near Carnegie Hall when she became the first woman to co-host the "Today" show in the 1970s.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2005 | Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
There are peers, moguls, power brokers who think that Sherry Lansing is a little crazy -- to leave behind the pursuit of riches, the glamour, the heady aroma of power all day and all night, who look at her a little blankly when she announces that she's going to devote the rest of her life to philanthropy, to the amorphous but distinctly real notion of giving back. As is the way of a natural politician, Lansing, the outgoing chairman of the Paramount Motion Picture Group, declines to name names.
BUSINESS
November 14, 1986
Sherry Lansing has joined the board of directors of Cetus Corp., an Emeryville-based biotechnology company. Lansing, a top executive at 20th Century Fox from 1980 to 1983, currently is a partner in Jaffe-Lansing Productions of Beverly Hills. Lansing has been active in efforts to cure cancer; several of Cetus' products are targeted at the disease.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 1988 | Pat H. Broeske \f7
We confess. We were testing Sherry Lansing--new spokeswoman for Pac Bell--when we put in a call to the offices of Jaffe/Lansing Prods. She really does return calls, true to her claim in those new print and radio spots. "Every one of them--every day," said Lansing, whose office estimates she gets 50-100 calls daily. Attributing her returned calls to "good manners," Lansing said she's donating her "very generous" fee to the National Cancer Institute.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2004 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
When Paramount Pictures Chairwoman Sherry Lansing wooed producer Donald De Line to become her top production executive last year, she promised that one day her job would be his. For De Line, who was reluctant to join the studio's executive ranks, that prospect was the clincher. But now that Lansing's time at the helm of Paramount is drawing to a close, it turns out there are no guarantees. The choice of who will succeed Lansing rests with her boss, Viacom Inc. Co-President Tom Freston.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2004 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
Sherry Lansing, a Hollywood pioneer who for three decades has been one of the most powerful figures in the movie business, plans to step down as chairwoman of Paramount Pictures when her contract expires at the end of next year. According to a source familiar with the situation, Lansing will stay long enough to help choose her successor and to aid in the transition.
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