Darla K. Anderson

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Darla K. Anderson
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Anderson in October 2010 attending 18th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival Chairman's Reception at the home of Stuart Suna in East Hampton, New York
Born Darla Kay Anderson
Glendale, California, U.S.
Residence Noe Valley, San Francisco, California, U.S.[1]
Occupation Film producer
Employer Pixar Animation Studios (1993–2018)
Spouse(s) Kori Rae (2004, 2008–present)[1]

Darla Kay Anderson is an American film producer who formerly worked at Pixar Animation Studios.[2] She sits on the national board of directors for the Producers Guild of America.[3]

Life and career[edit]

She produced the 2010 film Toy Story 3,[4][5] which was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Picture and which won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Previously, Anderson won a Golden Satellite Award for A Bug's Life, a BAFTA award for A Bug's Life and Monsters, Inc. and a Producer's Guild Award for Cars.[6]

The 2008 Guinness Book of World Records lists Anderson as having the highest average movie gross for a producer: $221 million per movie,[2] and in 2011 the Wall Street Journal listed a combined gross for the four movies she's produced of over $2 billion.[7]

Anderson was born and raised in Glendale, California. She studied environmental design at San Diego State University. Before coming to Pixar in 1993,[8] she worked as an executive producer at Angel Studios.[6][9] The character Darla in Finding Nemo was created by the director and screenwriter Andrew Stanton to get back at her for playing practical jokes on him.[6][9]

On March 8, 2018, it was announced that after nearly 25 years, Anderson left Pixar to pursue other opportunities.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Anderson is married to Kori Rae, also a Pixar producer, who produced Monsters University. They live together in Noe Valley, San Francisco.[1]

They met in 1991 when Anderson, a San Francisco newcomer, joined a softball team that Rae managed. Anderson and Rae started dating in 2001, during the last year of Monsters, Inc. Since then, they have decided not to work together on the same films. They first married on Presidents' Day 2004 while San Francisco was issuing same-sex marriage licenses, but those licenses were voided by the state Supreme Court.[11]

They married again in 2008, after that court declared same-sex marriage legal but before Proposition 8 took effect.[1][12]

Anderson's nephew, Jack Taylor, scored an NCAA record 138 points playing college basketball. She helped him pay to attend basketball camps at upper-tier colleges while he was growing up.[13]



  1. ^ a b c d Hartlaub, Peter (June 28, 2013). "'The classic lesbian love story': Pixar 'Monsters' producers in love". SFGate. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  2. ^ a b 2008 Guinness Book of World Records. Bantam Dell. 2007. p. 311.
  3. ^ "Officers, Board Members & Staff – Producers Guild of America". Producersguild.org. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  4. ^ Ryzik, Melena (February 10, 2011). "THE CARPETBAGGER; Animation Advocacy, Pixar Style". The New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  5. ^ "Most Powerful Women of the 2011 Academy Awards". Forbes. February 25, 2011. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c Darla K. Anderson, Pixartalk.com, Retrieved February 26, 2010
  7. ^ Kung, Michelle (November 5, 2011). "Pixar Producer Darla K. Anderson on 'Toy Story 3'". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  8. ^ Grady, Pam (June 13, 2010). "It was love at first screening for Pixar producer". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  9. ^ a b Ben Fritz (July 30, 2007). "Darla Anderson – Women's Impact Report 2007 – Variety". Variety. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  10. ^ McClintock, Pamela (March 8, 2018). "'Coco' Oscar-Winning Producer Darla K. Anderson Leaving Pixar (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "California Court Nullifies Same-Sex Marriages". PBS News Hour. August 12, 2004. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  12. ^ "Statement of Vote: 2008 General Election" (PDF). California Secretary of State. December 13, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 18, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  13. ^ Prisbell, Eric (December 24, 2013). "Once lost in pursuit of points, Grinnell's Jack Taylor finds contentment". USA Today. Archived from the original on January 2, 2014.
  14. ^ a b c "Darla K. Anderson > Filmography". Retrieved March 7, 2010.
  15. ^ Nichols, Peter M. (February 3, 2004). The New York Times guide to the best 1,000 movies ever made. St. Martin's Griffin. pp. 658–. ISBN 978-0-312-32611-1. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  16. ^ Dickey, Josh (April 24, 2012). "Pixar announces Latin-themed feature". Variety. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  17. ^ Graser, Marc (April 2, 2013). "'Finding Nemo' Sequel 'Finding Dory' Swims Thanksgiving 2015". Variety. Retrieved April 18, 2013.

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