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Producer Profile: Kathleen Kennedy

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Production Company: Kennedy/Marshall Company
Occupation: Producer/Director/Writer
Active Years: 30+

KATHLEEN KENNEDY's record of achievement has made her one of the most successful executives in the film industry today. Among her credits are three of the highest grossing films in motion picture history -- "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "Jurassic Park," and "The Sixth Sense," which she produced with Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen and Frank Marshall, respectively.

Kennedy served as co-president of the Producers Guild of America last year, and was re-elected as the PGA'S sole president this year. She currently heads The Kennedy/Marshall Company, which she founded alongside director/producer Frank Marshall in 1992. Kennedy/Marshall's productions range from critically acclaimed blockbusters such as "Signs" and "The Sixth Sense," which was nominated for six Academy Awards¨ including Best Picture, to intimate films such as Scott Hicks's "Snow Falling on Cedars" and "A Map of the World," starring Sigourney Weaver and Julianne Moore. Kennedy/Marshall recently produced the film adaptation of the non-fiction bestseller, "Seabiscuit," written and directed by Gary Ross and starring Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges and Chris Cooper.

Kennedy has sustained a long-standing creative association with Steven Spielberg through dozens of projects, serving as producer or executive producer on such landmark films as "Schindler's List," "Empire of the Sun" and the recent "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence," as well as "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and "Jurassic Park." Their collaboration began when Kennedy served as writer John Milius's assistant on Spielberg's "1941". She became Spielberg's assistant on "Raiders of the Lost Ark," his associate producer on "Poltergeist," and then producer of "E.T." While "E.T." was becoming an international phenomenon, Spielberg, Kennedy and Marshall were already in production on "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," which she and Marshall produced with George Lucas.

Kennedy co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Spielberg and Marshall in 1982. Amblin's productions included "The Color Purple," which earned eleven Academy AwardŽ nominations in 1985, including Best Picture. Later that year, Kennedy, Spielberg and Marshall produced 1985's highest grossing film, "Back to the Future", which they followed with two highly successful sequels, "Back to the Future, Part II" and "Back to the Future, Part III." Their many projects also included the Amblin Entertainment/Malpaso Production "The Bridges of Madison County," directed by Clint Eastwood, Jan DeBont's action thriller "Twister" and the Spielberg directed "The Lost World." Amblin's first animated feature was the endearing "An American Tail" in 1986. Next came the adventurous "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," which boldly blended live-action and animated characters and was the top-grossing film of 1988. Other animated hits included the sequel to "An American Tail" as well as "The Land Before Time" and its sequel.

Kennedy produced Frank Marshall's 1990 directorial debut "Arachnophobia," with Richard Vane and re-teamed with Robert Watts to produce Marshall's second film "Alive" in 1993. In the summer of 1995, The Kennedy/Marshall Company released the Marshall-directed "Congo," which Kennedy produced with Sam Mercer.

Raised in the small Northern California towns of Weaverville and Redding, Kennedy graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in telecommunications and film. While still a student, she began working at a local San Diego television station. Following jobs as a camera operator, video editor, floor director and news production coordinator, Kennedy produced the station's talk show "You're On." She then relocated to Los Angeles and worked with writer-director John Milius prior to beginning her association with Spielberg.

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