STOP CANCER Chair Sherry Lansing graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northwestern University in 1966. During almost 30 years in the motion picture business, Lansing was involved in the production, marketing, and distribution of more than 200 films including Academy Award winners Forrest Gump
(1995), and Titanic
(1997). Throughout her film career, Lansing earned a reputation as a trailblazer, a visionary leader, and a creative filmmaker. In 1980, she became the first woman to head a major film studio, when she was appointed President of 20th Century Fox. Later, as an independent producer, Lansing was responsible for such successful films as Fatal Attraction
, The Accused
, School Ties
, and Indecent Proposal.
Returning to the executive ranks in 1992, Lansing was named Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures and began an unprecedented tenure that lasted more than 12 years (1992 - 2005). During that time, the studio enjoyed enormous creative and financial success.
After retiring from Paramount, Lansing founded The Sherry Lansing Foundation (SLF), which is dedicated to cancer research, health, public education and encore career opportunities.
Lansing is a long-time advocate of cancer research. In addition to serving as Chair of STOP CANCER, she also serves on the advisory boards of the American Association for Cancer Research Foundation and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Friends of Cancer Research and serves on the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.