Kathleen Kennedy (born June 5, 1953) is an American film producer. In 1981, she co-founded the production company Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall. She has been the president of Lucasfilm since 2012.
Her first film as a producer was
(1982). A decade later, again with Spielberg she produced the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial , the first two of which became two of the top ten Jurassic Park franchise highest-grossing films of the 1990s. In 1992, she The Kennedy/Marshall Company with her husband Frank Marshall. On October 30, 2012, she became the president of Lucasfilm after The Walt Disney Company acquired the company for over $4 billion. She received the  Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2018.  
Kennedy has participated in the making of over 60 films, mostly as an
executive producer, that garnered 8 Academy Award nominations and over $11 billion worldwide, including three of the  highest-grossing films in motion picture history. Kennedy is third only to Kevin Feige and Steven Spielberg in domestic box office receipts, with over $7 billion as of September 2019 .  
Kennedy was born in
Berkeley, California, to Dione Marie "Dede" (née Dousseau), a one-time theater actress, and Donald R. Kennedy, a judge and attorney. She has two sisters. Her twin sister, Connie, formerly a location manager in  British Columbia, Canada, is now the executive producer of the Virtual Production company Profile Studios. Her other sister is Dana Middleton-Silberstein, a television host and anchor, and press secretary/communications director for former  Governor Gary Locke (D-WA). 
Kennedy graduated from
Shasta High School in Redding, California, in 1971. She continued her education at San Diego State University where she majored in telecommunications and film. In her final year, Kennedy gained employment at a local San Diego TV station, KCST (now KNSD), taking on various roles including camera operator, video editor, floor director and finally as KCST news production coordinator. 
After her employment with KCST, she produced a local
talk show entitled You're On for the station for four years before moving to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, Kennedy secured her first film production job working as an assistant to John Milius, who at the time was executive producer of Spielberg's (1979). 1941
During the production of
1941, while working for screenwriter John Milius, Kennedy came to the attention of Steven Spielberg, who hired Kennedy as his assistant. Both Spielberg and Kennedy agree she was a terrible typist who was kept on only because of her good production ideas. Kennedy was credited as associate to Spielberg on  (1981), then associate producer on Spielberg's production of Raiders of the Lost Ark Tobe Hooper's (1982). Poltergeist 
She began receiving producer credit with Spielberg on the major box-office hit
(1982), and continued serving the role on most of his films for the next three decades. In 1982, she helped and run the production company E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Amblin Entertainment with Spielberg and her future husband Frank Marshall. She also produced  (1984) with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom George Lucas and Frank Marshall, and appeared in the film's opening sequence as a dancer. Following her work on the  films, she rose to become one of Hollywood's leading producers. With Amblin, she produced the Indiana Jones trilogy, collaborating with such directors as Back to the Future Martin Scorsese, Robert Zemeckis, Barry Levinson, and Clint Eastwood. She took over a large portion of running of Amblin and served as its president until 1991, when she and Marshall formed The Kennedy/Marshall Company with a deal at  DreamWorks. She continued her business relationship with Spielberg and became executive producer for both (1993) and the historical drama Jurassic Park (also 1993). Schindler's List 
During the 1980s and 1990s, Kennedy served on the advisory board of the
National Student Film Institute and in 1991 was a "Grimmy Award" recipient in recognition for her outstanding support of student film making. Kennedy was also an Honorary Chairperson of the institute.  In 1995, 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. In 2007, she was the first recipient of Women in Film's Paltrow Mentorship Award, for showing extraordinary commitment to mentoring and supporting the next generation of filmmakers and executives.  
Kennedy was a producer on Spielberg's films:
and War of the Worlds (both 2005), the latter of which earned her an Academy Award nomination. Marshall and Kennedy were producers for the US versions of two Munich Studio Ghibli animated features, (2009) and Ponyo (2012). The Secret World of Arrietty  She also produced Spielberg's  (2012), which was nominated for seven Golden Globes and twelve Academy Awards. Lincoln
In May 2012, she stepped down from Kennedy/Marshall, leaving Marshall as sole principal of their film company.
 In the following month, Kennedy became co-chair of  Lucasfilm Ltd. alongside George Lucas.  When Lucas sold Lucasfilm to  Disney, Kennedy was promoted to president. 
Kennedy sits on the Board of Governors of the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Producers Branch). For the 2001-02 period, she was co-president (with Tim Gibbons) of the  Producers Guild of America. 
In 2018, Kennedy's contract to remain president of Lucasfilm was extended another three years, through 2021.
In 2019, she was appointed Honorary Commander of the
Order of the British Empire, for services to film production in the United Kingdom. 
(associate to Steven Spielberg, 1981) Raiders of the Lost Ark
(associate producer, 1982) Poltergeist
(producer, 1982) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
(associate producer, segment: "The Crate", 1982) Creepshow
(associate producer, segment 2, 1983) Twilight Zone: The Movie
(executive producer, 1984) Gremlins
(associate producer, 1984) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(producer, 1985) The Color Purple
(executive producer, 1985) Young Sherlock Holmes
(executive producer, 1985) Back to the Future
(executive producer, 1985) The Goonies
(executive producer, 1985) Fandango
(executive producer, 1986) An American Tail
(producer, 1986) The Money Pit
(executive producer, 1987) *batteries not included
(producer, 1987) Empire of the Sun
(co-executive producer, 1987) Innerspace
The China Odyssey: 'Empire of the Sun', a Film by Steven Spielberg (associate producer, 1987)
(co-executive producer, 1988) The Land Before Time
(executive producer, 1988) Who Framed Roger Rabbit
(producer, 1989) Always
(executive producer, 1989) Back to the Future Part II
(executive producer, 1989) Dad
(associate producer, 1989) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
(executive producer, 1989) Tummy Trouble
(producer, 1990) Arachnophobia
(executive producer, 1990) Gremlins 2: The New Batch
(executive producer, 1990) Roller Coaster Rabbit
(executive producer, 1990) Back to the Future Part III
(executive producer, 1990) Joe Versus the Volcano
(producer, 1991) Hook
(executive producer, 1991) An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
(executive producer, 1991) Cape Fear
(uncredited executive producer, 1991) A Brief History of Time
(executive producer, TV, 1991) A Wish for Wings That Work
(executive producer, 1992) Noises Off
(executive producer, 1993) Schindler's List
(executive producer, 1993) We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
(executive producer, 1993) A Dangerous Woman
(producer, 1993) Jurassic Park
(executive producer, 1993) A Far Off Place
(executive producer, 1993) Trail Mix-Up
(producer, 1993) Alive
(producer, 1994) Milk Money
(executive producer, 1994) The Flintstones
(executive producer, 1995) Balto
(producer, 1995) The Indian in the Cupboard
(producer, 1995) Congo
(producer, 1995) The Bridges of Madison County
(producer, 1996) Twister
The Best of Roger Rabbit (executive producer, 1996)
(executive producer, 1997) The Lost World: Jurassic Park
(producer, 1999) A Map of the World
(producer, 1999) Snow Falling on Cedars
(producer, 1999) The Sixth Sense
Olympic Glory (executive producer, 1999)
(producer, 2001) Jurassic Park III
(producer, 2001) A.I. Artificial Intelligence
The Sports Pages (executive producer, TV, 2001)
(executive producer, 2002) Signs
(executive producer, 2003) The Young Black Stallion
(producer, 2003) Seabiscuit
(producer, 2005) Munich
(producer, 2005) War of the Worlds
(executive producer, 2007) Persepolis
(producer, 2007) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
(producer, 2008) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
(executive producer, 2008) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
(U.S. version co-producer, 2009) Ponyo
(executive producer, 2010) The Last Airbender
(co-producer with Hereafter Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz & Steven Spielberg, 2010)
(producer, 2011) The Adventures of Tintin
(producer, 2011) War Horse
(U.S. version executive producer, 2012) The Secret World of Arrietty
(producer, 2012) Lincoln
(producer, 2015) Star Wars: The Force Awakens
(executive producer, 2016) The BFG
(uncredited executive producer, 2016) The Girl on the Train
(producer, 2016) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
(producer, 2017) Star Wars: The Last Jedi
(producer, 2018) Solo: A Star Wars Story
(producer, 2019) Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Untitled Indiana Jones fifth film (producer, 2021)
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