Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Honors Carter Center Trustee Sherry Lansing with Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Beverly Hills, CA — Carter Center trustee Sherry Lansing, the former chairman of Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group,  received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during the 79th Academy Awards on Feb. 25, 2007.  The award, an Oscar® statuette, was presented to Lansing during the ceremony.

The Hersholt Award is given to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry. 

In a statement announcing Lansing's selection, Academy President Sid Ganis said,  "Sherry is being honored not only for her passionate work in support of fighting cancer, but because the Board recognized and remembered the long list of charitable organizations and causes she has served, and her long history in serving them. Sherry has earned enormous respect throughout the industry not only for her successful career as a producer and studio head, but because she has never failed to further devote her enormous energy to the needs of others."

In addition to serving as a trustee of The Carter Center, the human rights organization formed by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, Lansing helped Dr. Armand Hammer form the nonprofit organization Stop Cancer and serves on its board. She is on the board of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, founded to honor excellence in basic and clinical science, and is a trustee of the American Association for Cancer Research. In addition, she serves on the Citizens' Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Stem Cell Research and on the American Red Cross Board of Governors Advisory Committee. She also serves as a regent of the University of California.

A graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Lansing got her feet wet in Hollywood as an actress, a career she quickly abandoned for production. She joined Talent Associates as an executive in charge of development in 1974, moving to MGM in 1975. She joined Columbia Pictures two years later as vice president in charge of production. She was named president of 20th Century-Fox Productions in 1980, and in 1983 formed Jaffe-Lansing Productions with Stanley Jaffe. After Jaffe was appointed president of Paramount Communications in 1990, Sherry became chairman of the Motion Picture Group in 1992.

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