Kathleen Kennedy
Courtesy of Lucasfilm
United States
2021

Lucasfilm Limited

Kathleen
Kennedy

President

Since being named head of Lucasfilm in 2012, Kennedy has received criticism and kudos from rabid fans for piloting the “Star Wars” franchise through logistical and creative challenges (including the firing of the directors of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” midway through production), ultimately emerging victorious with massive box office returns and further success in live-action TV with Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” plus “The Book of Boba Fett,” due in December 2021. Kennedy has received eight Oscar noms for best picture, five of them with Steven Spielberg directing. In 2019, she and her husband and former producing partner Frank Marshall were honored with the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for career achievement. The next “Star Wars” film, “Rogue Squadron,” bows in 2023 from director Patty Jenkins.

Career

  • Amblin Entertainment
  • The Kennedy/Marshall Company
  • Lucasfilm Limited

Education

  • San Diego State University (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Kathleen Kennedy to Receive Prestigious BAFTA Fellowship

Kathleen Kennedy to Receive Prestigious BAFTA Fellowship

Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm and producer of scores of movies, will receive a prestigious BAFTA fellowship, the British Academy’s highest honor, in February.Across a 40-year career, Kennedy has produced pictures that have garnered 25 Oscars and more than 100 BAFTA nominations and 27 wins. She will be honored with the fellowship at BAFTA's annual Film Awards, to be held Feb. 2, 2020.Kennedy has worked with a who’s who of directors, including Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood,...

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