Sherry Lansing

Sherry Lansing is best known for her long and successful career in the motion picture business where she earned a reputation as a trailblazer, visionary leader and creative filmmaker. She was involved in the production, marketing and distribution of more than 200 films, including Academy Award winners Forrest GumpBraveheartand Titanic. She is the first woman to have headed a major film studio (20th Century Fox) and later served as Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. As an independent producer, Ms. Lansing was responsible for successful films such as Fatal Attraction and Indecent Proposal. Her four years after college teaching high school English and math in the Los Angeles area, coupled with her long-held belief in the power of education to create lasting social change, prompted her to create the Sherry Lansing Foundation dedicated to public education and encore career opportunities as well as health and cancer research. Among the foundation’s initiatives is the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program, transitioning corporate professionals and military veterans into encore careers as math and science teachers, as well as the Stand Up To Cancer initiative, which funds collaborative, multi-institutional cancer research “Dream Teams.”  The first female movie studio head to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Stephen Galloway’s Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker is due out in April 2017.

Year Honored: 2017
Birth: 1944 -
Born In: Illinois
Achievements: Arts, Business, Humanities, Philanthropy
Worked In: California, United States of America
Educated In: Illinois, United States of America
Schools Attended: University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Northwestern University