Kathleen Kennedy

Active - 1981 - 2020  |   Born - Jun 5, 1953 in Berkeley, California, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Science Fiction, Adventure, Children's/Family

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Producer Kathleen Kennedy started her show-business career at San Diego TV station KCST. In 1981, Kennedy joined forces with her husband Frank Marshall and cinema wunderkind Steven Spielberg to form Amblin Entertainment. The company has profitably specialized in fantasy and adventure: ET (1982), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Jurassic Park (1993). Kennedy has also served as co-producer of Spielberg's "serious" endeavors The Color Purple (1984), Empire of the Sun (1987), and the Oscar-winning Schindler's List (1993). For Amblin's TV division, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall have co-produced Amazing Stories (1985-87) Tiny Toon Adventures (1990-92) and Animaniacs (1993- ).

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  • Father was a district judge in Shasta County, CA.
  • Started working at a local San Diego television station, KCST, during her senior year of college.
  • Worked as a production assistant for screenwriter John Milius on 1941 (1979); she met director Steven Spielberg on the set.
  • Founded Amblin Entertainment with Spielberg and her husband, producer Frank Marshall, in 1981.
  • Sponsors the Kathleen Kennedy Production Grant at her alma mater, San Diego State University, to lend financial assistance to student films.