Kathleen Kennedy (born June 5, 1953) is an American film producer.
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, taking on various roles including camera operator, video editor, floor director and finally KCST news production coordinator.
After her employment with KCST, she went on to produce 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 1941(1979).
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- President of Lucasfilm since its acquisition by Disney in 2012, Kennedy has produced four Star Wars movies, grossing $4.85 billion worldwide.
- Her contract renewal through 2021 silenced speculation over her future at the studio given poor box office returns for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
- Kennedy has led a creative and commercial resurgence for Star Wars stories, bringing in a new audience for the franchise.
- In December 2017, Kennedy set up The Hollywood Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality.
- In November 2018 she received an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement. Next up; “Star Wars: Episode IX” is due for release on December 20th, 2019.