Top 50 Power Women – 2016

Kathleen Kennedy/Lucasfilm

Kathleen Kennedy is one of the most successful and respected producers and executives in the film industry. She joined Lucasfilm in 2012, personally selected by George Lucas to bring in a new era of Star Wars. She currently sits on the board of governors and board of trustees of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

Kathleen has produced or executive produced over 70 films, which have collectively garnered 125 Academy Award nominations, 25 wins, and have grossed over $13 billion worldwide. Among her credits are five of the highest grossing films in motion picture history: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic Park, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and The Sixth Sense, as well as such blockbusters as the Back to the Future trilogy and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Kathleen attended San Diego University, where she studied telecommunications and film. A fourth-generation Irish American, Kathleen traces her Irish ancestry through her father, Donald Kennedy. She and her husband, Frank Marshall, have two daughters, Lillian and Meghan.