Sherry Lansing

Sherry Lansing ( born Sherry Lee Heimann, born July 31, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American film actress and film producer.


Lansing's still underage mother was forced to leave because of her Jewish faith Nazi Germany, and emigrated without mastering a word of English, in the United States. Here she met the American Norton Lansing, whom she married, and whose family name Sherry Lansing now accepted.

Lansing grew up in Chicago, and studied as a young woman Mathematics, English and Theatre Studies at Northwestern University, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in 1966. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for almost four years as a teacher at a high school in the Watts district. To supplement their cash by the way, she worked as a model, among other things, for the cosmetics company Max Factor.

1970 Lansing received first small roles, including in Rio Lobo with John Wayne. Although after that television series participated as a guest actress in a handful, it moved quickly Lansing behind the camera. After she had been working as a story editor and script editor, Lansing in 1977 vice-president of Columbia Pictures. Another six years later, in 1984, she founded the film producer Stanley R. Jaffe, the independent production company Jaffe - Lansing.

In 1990, Lansing to the board of Paramount Pictures, and in 1992 was elected president of the company. Lansing was the first woman in the executive suite as a powerful film production company. Under her leadership as Chief Executive Officer Paramount could numerous successful films, including Titanic (1997) and Saving Private Ryan (1998) realized, which have won numerous Oscars. Nearly 13 years was president of the Lansing Paramount Group, and retired in 2005 from the film business into private life. In the same year she founded the Sherry Lansing Foundation, a non-governmental organization whose aim is to campaign for the fight against cancer.

For their achievements in the film industry, she received the 2007 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an honorary Oscar. Even today reminds me a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Sherry Lansing.

She is married to film director William Friedkin, since July 1991.


Mid-1980s, she was hit by a car and injured so badly that one of her legs had to be amputated. Today she wears a prosthesis.

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