Gale Anne Hurd

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Gale Anne Hurd
Gale Anne Hurd - Star.jpg
Hurd with her Hollywood Walk of Fame star
Born (1955-10-25) October 25, 1955 (age 58)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Film producer, screenwriter
Spouse(s) James Cameron (1985–89)
Brian De Palma (1991–93; 1 child)
Jonathan Hensleigh (1995–present)

Gale Anne Hurd (born October 25, 1955) is an American film producer and screenwriter. She is currently the recording secretary for the Producers Guild of America.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hurd talking about Aliens in Sweden, September 1986

Hurd was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Lolita (née Espiau) and Frank E. Hurd, an investor.[2] Her father was Jewish and her mother was Roman Catholic.[3] She grew up in Palm Springs, California and graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics and Communications, in 1977.

Film career[edit]

She joined New World Pictures as executive assistant to Roger Corman, the company president. She worked her way up through various administrative positions and eventually became involved in production. She formed her own production company, Pacific Western Productions, in 1982 and went on to produce a number of box-office hits including The Terminator (1984),[4] Aliens (1986) and The Abyss (1989).[5]

Hurd with the cast of The Walking Dead in October 2012

In 1998, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.[6] She produced the 2010 AMC drama series The Walking Dead.[7]

In 2003, she was awarded the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology at Telluride, Colorado along with Sir Arthur C. Clarke.

Hurd became a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2011. On October 3, 2012, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[8]

In 2013, Hurd was awarded the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award from the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in New York City. The award honors her as a woman in the film industry whose leadership demonstrates vision and courage and sets a standard for other women to emulate.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Hurd was married to James Cameron from 1985 to 1989.[10] She later married director Brian De Palma from 1991-1993, with whom she has one daughter, Lolita de Palma, in 1991.[11][12] Hurd is currently married to screenwriter/director Jonathan Hensleigh (since 1995).

Hurd is an avid supporter of Arsenal FC.[13]

Filmography (producer)[edit]

The producing team behind Aliens, James Cameron and Hurd

Filmography (writer)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Officers, Board Members and Staff". 
  2. ^ "Gale Anne Hurd Biography (1955–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Gale Anne Hurd Biography". BookRags.com. November 2, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dispatches From the Set – Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd". AMC. 
  5. ^ "TV: First 'The Walking Dead' Webisode Takes Us to Zombie School". BloodyDisgusting. 
  6. ^ "Gale Anne Hurd Biography". Madeinatlantis.com. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd Talks The Walking Dead". DreadCentral. 
  8. ^ "Producing the unseen". Variety. October 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ The Lauren Ziskin Achievement Award – Athena Film Festival http://athenafilmfestival.com/the-2013-laura-ziskin-lifetime-achievement-award/
  10. ^ Holson, Laura M. (June 16, 2003). "The Terminator and the Hulk Help Build a Career". New York Times. 
  11. ^ "Gale Anne Hurd Biography". Madeinatlantis.com. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  12. ^ Holson, Laura M. (June 16, 2003). "The Terminator and the Hulk Help Build a Career". New York Times. 
  13. ^ http://www.arsenalamerica.com/tag/gale-anne-hurd/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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