Sherry Lansing

  • Birth Name: Sherry Lee Duhl
  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Studio Executive
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  • Spent four years after college teaching English and math at public schools in the Los Angeles area
  • Became the first female to oversee a studio's motion picture production when she was appointed president of production at 20th Century Fox in 1980.
  • Named Hollywood's most powerful woman in 2002 by the Hollywood Reporter.
  • Was the CEO and chair of the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures from 1992 to 2005.
  • Among the founders of the Stand Up to Cancer foundation.
  • Awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2007.
  • Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work as a studio head (the first woman studio boss to receive that honor), as well as hand and footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater.


  • 2006, Oscar — Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Winner
  • 1987, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee


  • William Friedkin — Husband
  • Jack — Stepson
  • Cedric — Stepson


  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States (BS in Speech, 1966)

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