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Kathleen Kennedy was raised with two sisters by her mother Dione Marie “Dede”, an actress, and her father Donald R. Kennedy, who was a judge and lawyer; she has a twin sister Connie Kennedy, who works as a manager. She attended Shasta High School in Redding, California, and after matriculation in 1971, Kathleen enrolled at San Diego State University where she majored in Film and Telecommunications.
Kathleen`s career began while she was still in college, working for the TV station KCST based in San Diego, as camera operator, and video editor, before eventually becoming news production coordinator. However, she left KCST, and became a producer of the show “You`re On”, on which she worked for four years, before she became an assistant to John Milius, who collaborated with Steven Spielberg on the film “1941” (1979), during the filming of which Spielberg and Kathleen got acquainted, and he hired Kathleen as his secretary. However, she was soon promoted to his assistant, and earning credits as assistant producer starting with Spielberg`s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) film, since which the two have collaborated on numerous films that became blockbusters, increasing Kathleen`s net worth by a large margin. She has also founded Amblin Entertainment, with her future husband John Marshal and Steven Spielberg, through which she has produced the majority of her films, working with Spielberg, but she has also worked with other notable directors and producers, including Robert Zemeckis, Joe Dante, Brian Levant, Clint Eastwood, J. J. Abrams, and Don Bluth among others.
Since 1981, Kathleen has worked as a producer and executive producer on more than 80 films, all of which have increased her net worth by a large margin. Some of the most popular films include “E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), “The Indiana Jones” franchise, “Gremlins” (1984), “Gremlins 2: The New Batch” (1990), “Jurassic Park” (1993), “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” (1997), “Jurassic Park III” (2001), “Munich” (2005), “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008), and “War Horse” (2011).
Since 2012, Kathleen has been the president of Lucasfilm, and her first project was the sequel of the famous Star Wars franchise “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015), plus new sequels already announced – “Star Wars: Episode VIII” for 2017, and “Star Wars: Episode IX” for 2019. Furthermore, she has also served as the producer of such films as “Lincoln” (2012), “Adventures Oftentimes” (2011), among others, all of which have added to her net worth.
Thanks to her skills, she has received numerous prestigious nominations, and awards, including four Oscar award nominations in the category of Best Motion Picture Of the Year for her work on films “Lincoln”, “War Horse”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “Munich”, and four Oscar award nominations in the category of Best Picture for her work on “Seabiscuit”, “The Sixth Sense”, “The Color Purple”, and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”. Furthermore, she won the Crystal Award in 1995 for her achievements in the entertainment industry as a film producer. Speaking about her personal life, Kathleen Kennedy has been married to film producer and director Frank Marshall since 1987; the couple has two children.
- Net Worth: $150 Million
- Date Of Birth: 1953-06-05
- Profession: Costume Department
- Spouse: Frank Marshall
- Parents: Donald R. Kennedy, Dione Marie Dousseau
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