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Rastar President MARYKAY POWELL joined the company in 1976 as vice president of publicity and marketing, overseeing the marketing campaigns for all Rastar productions, including Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl," Sydney Pollack's "The Electric Horseman" and John Huston's film version of the Broadway superhit "Annie," among numerous others. She turned to producing in 1983 with "Violets Are Blue," which was based on her original story and starred Sissy Spacek and Kevin Kline.

 She was also executive producer on Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" and producer of "Baja Oklahoma," which was HBO's first hit cable film. As an independent producer, she produced "White Fang" for Walt Disney Pictures and "Listen to Me" for Weintraub Entertainment. She also produced "All I Want For Christmas" for Paramount and served as supervising producer of Paramount's Sally Field starrer "Soap Dish." Powell won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for co-producing (with Ray Stark) 1993's "Barbarians at the Gate" for HBO. She also produced the features "Harriet The Spy" for Paramount, "To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday" for Triumph Releasing and "Mariette in Ecstasy," adapted from Ron Hansen's novel.

 She is currently prepping a remake of Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana," to star Dennis Quaid, and "Benjamin Button," which will be directed by Phil Alden Robinson. In the spring of 2000, Powell will executive produce, along with Ray Stark, "Houdini," directed by Ang Lee.

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