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In the past two decades, Lauren Shuler Donner has established herself as one of the most successful and versatile producers in Hollywood. Her skill as a producer has enabled her to partner with top directorial talents, including Nora Ephron, Oliver Stone, Bryan Singer, Joel Schumacher, John Hughes and Ivan Reitman. To date, her films have grossed approximately $2 billion worldwide.

This year, Shuler Donner broke ground with X2, the follow-up to the huge box-office hit X-Men. The film broke box-office records with an opening weekend total of $86 million nationwide and grossed over $400 million worldwide.

This fall, Shuler Donner began production on Constantine, based on the DC Vertigo comic book Hellblazer, starring Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz and directed by Francis Lawrence. She is also in development on The Secret Life of Bees, which is based on the best-selling novel, as well as X3.

Shuler Donner was bound for success from the beginning, with the first feature film she produced, the smash hit comedy Mr. Mom, becoming one of the top 10 grossing films that year. She went on to produce Ladyhawke, starring Matthew Broderick, Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer. Shuler Donner was responsible for two of the most popular Brat Pack movies of the 80s, St. Elmo's Fire and Pretty in Pink, both of which garnered platinum records for their soundtracks.

In the early '90s, Shuler Donner produced the box-office smash hits Dave and Free Willy, which were two of the top 10 films of 1993. The critically acclaimed Dave was nominated for both an Academy Award (Best Original Screenplay) and a Golden Globe (Best Picture-Comedy). For the 90s, Shuler Donner's producer credits also include You've Got Mail, 3 Fugitives, Radio Flyer and the sequel to Free Willy. As head of The Donners' Company, she has executive-produced Free Willy III, Assassins, Volcano, Bulworth and Just Married. Shuler Donner's other productions include Any Given Sunday and X-Men.

Shuler Donner and her husband, director Richard Donner, were recently honored by Mikhail Gorbachev's environmental organization, Global Green USA, with its 2000 Green Cross Millennium Award for Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership. She has received numerous awards, including those from Girls, Inc., Premiere's Producer Icon Award and the Vision Award from Retinitis Pigmentosa, and she has been honored, along with her husband, by the prestigious Doctors Without Borders international medical organization. Additionally, Shuler Donner serves on the Board of Hollygrove Children's Home, has served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles-based environmental organization TreePeople, and is a member of the executive committee of the producer's branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Shuler Donner resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Richard Donner.

Bio courtesy Paramount for "Timeline" (29-Nov-2003)


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