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Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran is best known for her work nurturing scripts she characterizes as funny dramas and comedies that make you cry. She has supervised the development of two Academy Award-winning screenplays (Ghost and Sense and Sensibility), and as a producer tries to ensure that the vision of a screenplay is happily balanced with the vision of its director.

Doran grew up in the movie business. Her father, D. A. Doran, was a studio executive for nearly 50 years, spending most of his career at Columbia Pictures and Paramount Pictures. As a child, she visited the Paramount lot every week and often observed the filming of the movies her father was supervising. She read scripts from an early age and saw films at different stages of the editorial process. She and her father talked about every aspect of the movies they saw together, from the truth of the performances to the structure of individual jokes.

After college, Doran moved away from Los Angeles, first to London, then to State College, Pennsylvania, where she wrote and produced documentaries and children's programs for PBS station WPSX-TV. In 1979, she returned to Los Angeles and to her love of film. Her first job in the movie business (if you don't count her part-time college job selling popcorn and candy at the Crest Theater in West Los Angeles) was assistant to the director of Creative Affairs at Avco Embassy Pictures. Eventually, the company evolved into Embassy Pictures where Doran advanced to the position of vice president of Creative Affairs. While at Embassy, she received her first film credit -- executive in charge of production on Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap. She also supervised the development and production of Reiner's second film The Sure Thing.

In 1985, Doran joined Paramount Pictures where she occupied an office two doors away from the office her father had worked in for 15 years. [D. A. Doran died in 1978.] While at Paramount, Doran oversaw the development and production of a number of films including Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Planes, Trains & Automobiles, The Naked Gun, Pet Sematary and Ghost.

Doran left Paramount in 1989 to join Sydney Pollack's Mirage Enterprises. As president of Mirage, she produced Dead Again written by Scott Frank and directed by Kenneth Branagh, Leaving Normal written by Edward J. Solomon and directed by Edward Zwick and Sense and Sensibility written by Emma Thompson and directed by Ang Lee. Sense and Sensibility won the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture, Drama and the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (by Emma Thompson). In addition, it was nominated for six other Academy AwardsÂ, including Best Picture, and won the Best Film award given by the British Academy of Film and Theatre Arts (BAFTA) and the Golden Bear award for Best Picture at the Berlin Film Festival.

While at Mirage, Doran served as executive producer on The Firm and Sabrina, both directed by Sydney Pollack. She also served as one of the producers on the Showtime anthology series Fallen Angels, and produced for that series the episode The Frightening Frammis written by Jon Robin Baitz and Howard A. Rodman and directed by Tom Cruise.

In 1996, Doran became president and chief operating officer of United Artists Pictures. While at United Artists, she presided over production of the 18th and 19th installments of the James Bond franchise, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. She also oversaw The Man in the Iron Mask and Ronin, as well as the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair.

In 1999, Doran left United Artists and resumed her career as a producer. She is currently the president of Three Strange Angels Inc., a motion picture production company based in Los Angeles (and named for a line in a D.H. Lawrence poem). Through Three Strange Angels she produced Nanny McPhee, written by and starring Emma Thompson and directed by Kirk Jones, released earlier this year, as well as Stranger Than Fiction. Stranger Than Fiction also marks her fourth collaboration with Emma Thompson, a creative partnership that has lasted 15 years.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Lindsay Doran Facts

BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

Selected Filmography

The Firm
Dead Again
Sense and Sensibility
Nanny McPhee
Nanny McPhee Returns
Enemy at the Door
Stranger than Fiction
4 Film Collection: Atonement/Age Of Innocence/Pride & Prejudice/Sense & Sensibility
Men Behaving Badly
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