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Amy Pascal timeline


Amy Pascal is born March 25 in Los Angeles to Tony Pascal, an economist at Rand Corp., and Barbara, a bookstore owner.


Attends Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica and works as a bookkeeper at the school’s library.


Graduates from Crossroads and segues to UCLA.


After graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in international relations, Pascal works as a secretary for BBC producer Tony Garnett at Kestral Films and moves herself into a development position by hiring UCLA students to do the grunt work.


Produces “Sesame Street Presents” and “Follow That Bird” for Kestral Films.


Lands a position at 20th Century Fox as VP of production, developing films under Scott Rudin.

Oversees production of Cameron Crowe’s directorial debut, “Say Anything” (1989), but leaves Fox before its release.


Is appointed executive VP of production at Columbia Pictures.


Femme-driven fare like “Single White Female” and “A League of Their Own” are released under Pascal’s auspices.


Wins release from her contract at Columbia to join Turner Pictures as president.


After the dissolution of Turner Pictures, heads back to Columbia, but this time as president of production.


Marries Bernie Weinraub, a former political correspondent and longtime Hollywood reporter for the New York Times, on Aug 9.


Women in Hollywood honors Pascal along with Meg Ryan, Anjelica Huston and Susan Sarandon.


Produces “Charlie’s Angels,” a film she says is about “girl empowerment.”

Acknowledging that his marriage to Pascal presents a conflict of interest, Weinraub asks to be taken off the movie beat and is given the title of senior West Coast cultural correspondent, responsible for more general entertainment coverage.


Pascal is honored by Women in Film with its Crystal Award along with Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg and Juliet Taylor.


Joins AFI as chair of the Conservancy Scholarship Fund.

Is honored at the Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Awards along with Katie Couric, Sigourney Weaver and the World Trade Center survivors on Oct. 28.

With Pascal in place, Sony Pictures Entertainment scores high marks at the B.O., taking in a total of $1.3 billion, including “Spider-Man’s” $404 million.

Variety anoints Pascal Showman of the Year in August.


Is honored with the Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Leadership Award in October.

Is upped to chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group, where she oversees the company’s overall movie business, in December.

Joins Barbra Streisand, Cybill Shepherd and Pierce Brosnan in protest against California Gov. Gray Davis’ recall.


Weinraub announces that he is retiring from the N.Y. Times on July 27.


Upped to co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment in September and extends her contract to 2011.

Sources: Variety, New York Times, L.A. Weekly, SonyPictures.com, Hollywood.com; JewishVirtualLibrary.org; Wikipedia.org; Harvard.edu; Columbia.edu

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