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Overview (2)

Born in Berkeley, California, USA
Height 5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kathleen Kennedy worked in San Diego local television before moving to Los Angeles, where she was hired by Steven Spielberg as a secretary on the production of 1941 (1979). Both later reported that she was lacking as a typist but had good production ideas. She was an associate to Mr. Spielberg on Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and associate producer on his production of Poltergeist (1982). In 1981, she co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Spielberg and her future husband Frank Marshall. At Amblin, she collaborated with directors such as Martin Scorsese, Robert Zemeckis, Barry Levinson and Clint Eastwood.

Kennedy founded The Kennedy/Marshall Company with her husband in 1993. She would serve as executive producer for Spielberg's Jurassic Park (1993) and Schindler's List (1993), and producer of War of the Worlds (2005) and the Best Picture-nominated Munich (2005).

Her career would take a turn to a galaxy far, far away when she was named co-chair of Lucasfilm Ltd. alongside George Lucas. With the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, she was promoted to president. She has spearheaded every major Star Wars film project since then, including assembling a creative team for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and its sequels, as well as successful spin-offs such as Rogue One (2016).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Travis Brainerd

Spouse (1)

Frank Marshall (1987 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (10)

Elected to interim presidency of Producers Guild of America in 2001, following resignation of Thom Mount. Term runs through 2002.
Graduated from Shasta High School in Redding, California.
Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Producers Branch) [2002-]
Twin sister of Connie Kennedy.
Got her first producing job on the low-budget Steven Spielberg blockbuster E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and, to this day, frequently works as a producer on many of his films, including Schindler's List (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and Munich (2005).
2007 - Ranked #31 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
Daughter-in-law of Jack Marshall.
Sister-in-law of Phil Marshall.
Named co-chairman, with George Lucas, of "Lucasfilm".
California: Co-chair of Lucasfilm with 'George Lucas'. [October 2012]

Personal Quotes (2)

Believe and set your sights on the fact that you can do it. It's certainly a goal any woman can have, just like any man.
But what I always find interesting is when you take the areas of writing, producing and directing. I don't think there's a great deal of discrimination -- although I'm completely perplexed and confused as to why there aren't more women. For instance, if we're looking for new, young directors, which is something we do all the time, we certainly never go look at films because they're directed by a man or a woman. We look at films because they are winning awards, they're good, and it has nothing to do with gender. And women certainly have equal opportunity to get into a university like UCLA or USC, to get into the film department, to take the same courses to allow them to make films, to deal with a whole gamut of subject matter, and yet I don't know what happens. There's something that happens in the process of getting there that seems to turn many women away.

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