Person of the Year 2011


Person of the Year Dinner Honoring Sherry Lansing former CEO Paramount Studios

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 p.m.

Tournament House, Pasadena 


Northwestern alumna Sherry Lansing is a former actress and American film studio executive. In 1984, she was the first woman to head a major film studio when she was named president of 20th Century Fox. Later, as an independent producer, she was responsible for such successful films as Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal and The Accused. She returned to the executive ranks in 1992 when she was appointed head of Paramount Studios, and during her highly successful 12-year tenure oversaw such hits as Forrest Gump, Braveheart and Titanic, the highest grossing movie of all time! 

In 1996, she became the first woman studio head to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2005, became the first woman studio head to place her hand and foot prints at Grauman's Chinese Theater. In 2001 Ladies Home Journal named her one of the 30 most powerful women in America. 

Her immense talents and energies are now devoted to the Sherry Lansing Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cancer research and supporting public education, art and culture. Stand Up To Cancer and the EnCorps Teachers Programs are just two of the foundations initiatives, benefitting our local communities. 

Sherry is married to the director William Friedkin, who won an Academy Award for The French Connection, and has directed over 30 other movies including The Exorcist, Rules of Engagement and The Hunted. 

The Club is also delighted that Len Roth (Michigan State), a former Big Ten Club president and long-time volunteer, will be recognized with our Member of the Year Award. Len has served the club well for many years and this will give us the opportunity to say an official thanks to him for all that he has done.