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Leading Lady, Book Review

Leading Lady by Stephen Galloway

Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker

About the Book The definitive biography of movie executive and philanthropist Sherry Lansing traces her groundbreaking journey to become the first female head of a major motion picture studio, shares behind-the-scenes tales from movie sets and Hollywood boardrooms, and explains what inspired her to walk away from it all to start the Sherry Lansing Foundation.

When Sherry Lansing became the first woman ever to be named president of a major studio, the news ricocheted around the world. That was just the beginning of an extraordinary run that saw her head two studios, make hundreds of films, produce classic pictures such as Fatal Attraction and rule for twenty-five years as the most powerful woman Hollywood has ever known.
Award-winning writer Stephen Galloway takes us behind the scenes of Lansing’s epic journey—inside the battles; up close with the stars; and into the heart of a creative world populated by the likes of Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Jane Fonda, Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise. He shows us the velvet touch that masked the iron hand, and the roller-coaster drama behind such movies as Titanic, Forrest Gump, Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan.
Above all, he takes us into the mind of Lansing, creating a revealing portrait of a dynamic, driven woman who overcame unimaginable odds, pushed boundaries and left Hollywood at the peak of her power to achieve the life she wanted.

My Thoughts: Hollywood history is so much fun so of course I was interested in Leading Lady when I was given the chance to review it in exchange for a copy. Starting with the outside I love that it is simple but still is a hardback. While this book does start out a little slow with a lot of information about Sherry Lansing, it quickly gets better. Overall it is a great book about an inspiring woman. If you like Let’s Be Real, Book Review you’ll love Leading Lady.

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