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Authors Group presents Sherry Lansing

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The Authors Group welcomes Sherry Lansing to discuss her authorized biography, LEADING LADY: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker, written by award-winning journalist Stephen Galloway. The book tells the definitive story of a creative innovator and unrelenting executive who breathed new life into Hollywood with such classics as Forrest Gump, Fatal Attraction, Braveheart, Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, Indecent Proposal, and The China Syndrome, along the way becoming an entertainment industry icon.

Ms. Lansing will be joined in conversation by Chicago native, Christie Hefner.

When Sherry Lansing became president of 20th Century Fox in 1980 at the age of thirty-five, she didn’t just shatter the seemingly indestructible glass ceiling of America’s most visible industry, she also broke an unspoken taboo: that in Hollywood, men ran the studios and called the shots.

But Lansing, a big-dreaming Jewish girl from Chicago, didn’t see it that way. After graduating from college, she and her husband packed up their car and made the long drive to Hollywood. Dangerously naïve and nearly penniless, Lansing started out as a math teacher in some of the toughest schools of South Central Los Angeles, auditioning for acting jobs when she could. She soon found that she was uncomfortable in front of the camera and left acting behind to become a script reader. So began the ascent of the most powerful woman Hollywood has ever known.

The first and only full-length biography of Lansing, based on four years of research and hundreds of hours of interviews with her and some two hundred others, LEADING LADY is the fascinating account of the epic journey of a woman who drew on her own vision and courage to transform the industry that tells the world’s stories. At its core, LEADING LADY is the story of an unflinching woman who, refusing to let others define her, defined herself—in the process redefining the possibilities for women across America.


The event begins with an 11:30 am reception, followed by lunch and the program at noon. Books for autographing will be available for purchase at the event from The Book Stall. If you or your guests have any dietary restrictions (i.e., vegetarian, food allergies or gluten free), please contact ULC Club at (800) 443-0578 or ClubServices@ulcc.org.

Union League Club dress code requires business appropriate attire at this event. No denim or athletic wear allowed. Guests not adhering to the dress code policy can be turned away from the event.


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