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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