Former Par topper tome finds a home
Former Paramount topper Sherry Lansing may be ready to spill her secrets.Exec, the first woman to head a major studio, is penning her memoir and reportedly has sold the project to Crown’s Harmony Books imprint, a division of Random House. According to the New York Post, the book went to the imprint for a sum in the very high six figures. Lansing, whose proposal has been making the rounds to publishers for at least the last few weeks, took over as head of Fox in the early 1980s, moving to Par in the early ’90s. She announced in November 2004 that she would ankle the studio; the new regime headed by Brad Grey came in early the following year. In her long Hollywood career, Lansing, a former actress, had a number of big successes, overseeing Par during a ’90s run that included blockbusters “Titanic” and “Forrest Gump.” Lansing’s proposal had been presented to the largest New York houses such as HarperCollins, Little, Brown and Random House. One editor whose house had passed on the project said while Lansing has a powerful story to tell, the book’s timeliness may be a concern. With the book biz’s lag time, a title wouldn’t be released until the middle of 2007 at the earliest, two years after she left Par. Another editor said the book’s heat among the entertainment and media crowd “will depend on how much she really is willing to kiss and tell.” Lansing has dated some Hollywood’s most fabled figures, including Jim Aubrey and Dan Melnick, but she’s a very private person and friends doubt she would be forthcoming when it comes to intimate details of her private life. Lansing, who is repped by agent Lynn Nesbit, also is known for her philanthropic work through such groups as Teach for America and the American Assn. for Cancer Research. She created the Sherry Lansing Foundation. Crown’s Harmony Books is on a little roll with Hollywood memoirs: Imprint bought Jack Valenti’s life story in the spring and plans to publish it in March. Neither Nesbit nor Crown officials responded to requests for comment.
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