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June 5, 1953
She majored in telecommunications and film at San Diego State University. In her final year, Kennedy got a job at a local San Diego TV station, KCST, taking on various roles including camera operator, video editor, floor director and finally KCST news production coordinator.
During the production of 1941 (1979), while working for screenwriter John Milius, Kennedy came to the attention of Steven Spielberg. Spielberg hired Kennedy as his secretary, but both she and he reported that she was a terrible typist who was kept on only because of her good production ideas.
In 1981, she co-founded Amblin Entertainment with her future husband Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg and served as president of the Amblin company until 1992.
In 1992 she stepped down as President of Amblin Entertainment to form The Kennedy/Marshall Company with husband Frank Marshall.
On October 30, 2012, she became the president of Lucasfilm and the brand manager of the Star Wars franchise after The Walt Disney Company acquired the company for over $4 billion.
Kennedy went on to co-produce Spielberg's project of Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist (1982) and received her first full producer's credit on the box-office smash E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
As a Producer she has 8 Academy Award Nominations for Best Picture:
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
The Sixth Sense
The Color Purple
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrisl
Kathleen has produced or executive produced over 60 films, which have collectively garnered 120 Academy Award® nominations, 25 wins, and have grossed over $11 billion worldwide. 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, as well as such blockbuster entertainment as the Indiana Jones trilogy, the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Gremlins, The Goonies, Poltergeist, War of the Worlds, Twister, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
In terms of domestic box office receipts Kennedy is second only to Spielberg, with over $5.2 billion as of October 2012.
Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates
June 28, 1948
Bates was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the youngest of three daughters.
One of her great-great-grandfathers emigrated from Ireland to New Orleans, Louisiana, and served as President Andrew Jackson's doctor.
Bates has successfully battled ovarian cancer since her diagnosis in 2003. In September 2012, she revealed via Twitter that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer two months earlier and had undergone a double mastectomy. In the film Diabolique, Bates' character also had breast cancer.
Her television work has resulted in eleven Emmy Award nominations, two of which were for her starring role on the television series Harry's Law and most recently, a win for her acclaimed guest appearance on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men as the ghost of Charlie Harper.
Often portrays kind-hearted or cold-hearted characters. Characters who are frequently tough-talking and outspoken. Has said Dolores Claiborne (1995) is her favorite film role.
Nominated for 3 Aacademy Awards with one win for Misery.
Nominated for 6 Golden Globes with wins for Misery and The Late Shift.
Her Oscar-winning role as Annie Wilkes in Misery (1990) was ranked #17 on the American Film Institute's villains list of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villians. She was the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress in a horror/thriller for her role in Misery.
Auditioned for TV series Three's Company (1977) for role that ultimately went to Joyce DeWitt. Bates says she was relieved she didn't get the part because, after auditioning, she felt she really didn't want it.
"My mother used to tell this corny story about how the doctor smacked me on the behind when I was born and I thought it was applause, and I have been looking for it ever since."
Midnight in Paris
The Blind Side
The War At Home
The Late Shift
Prelude To A Kiss
Fried Green Tomatoes
At Play in the Fields of the Lord