Kathleen Kennedy (born June 5, 1953) is an American film producer. In 1981, she co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg and husband Frank Marshall. She was a producer on the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the Jurassic Park franchise, the first two of which became two of the top ten highest-grossing films of the 1990s. Kennedy is fourth only to Spielberg, Kevin Feige, and Stan Lee in domestic box office receipts, with over $6 billion as of December 2015.
On October 30, 2012, she became the president of Lucasfilm, and the brand manager of the Star Wars franchise, after The Walt Disney Company acquired the company for over $4 billion. It was then announced that the first project under her authority would be Episode VII of the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was released on December 18, 2015, becoming the biggest domestic earner in North America.
Overall, Kennedy’s work has included over 60 films, 120 Academy Award nominations, and over $11 billion worldwide including three of the highest-grossing films in motion picture history.
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