Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 4:05 PM
Studio head, producer, founder/CEO of the Sherry Lansing Foundation and the subject of the newly released biography Leading Lady by Stephen Galloway, Sherry Lansing was the featured guest at the Jewish National Fund’s Women for Israel (WFI) annual Icon Series Luncheon earlier this month at The Beverly Wilshire.
The luncheon, co-chaired by Deena Singer and Terre Mirman, attracted more than 250 guests and included a Q&A led by Hollywood attorney Martin Singer.
Lansing was the first woman to head a major film studio when she was appointed president of 20th Century Fox in 1980. In 1992, she was named chairman /CEO of Paramount Pictures. During her nearly 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 like Forrest Gump, Braveheart and Titanic.
Lansing, a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer, serves on the University of California Board of Regents, as well as the boards of many non-profit organizations.
The conversation between Lansing and Singer was playful and intimate, covering topics ranging from successes in her career to her relationship with her biggest role model, her mom, to her love of Israel.
“Seeing Israel changed my life,” said Lansing, who has visited more than 20 times. “I am in awe at what has been created out of nothing and how every single person is devoted to a cause bigger than themselves.”
The progress which Lansing spoke of is in large part due to the work of JNF. Luncheon attendees learned about JNF’s vision and how it provides a unique voice in building a prosperous and secure future for the land and people of Israel. JNF is currently in the midst of its most ambitious campaign yet—the One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade campaign. This campaign channels JNF’s values for groundbreaking (literally, in many cases) new ventures.
JNF strives to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s citizens and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is “greening” the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks across Israel, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid agriculture techniques, ensuring that no citizen is left behind by making parks and public spaces inclusive for people with disabilities and special needs, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism.
To learn more about JNF’s work in Israel contact Jodi Marcus, associate director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 323-964-1400, ext. 953.