LYNDA OBST (Producer) has worked at the top levels
of both film production and journalism. She most recently produced
the box-office hit "Hope Floats," starring Sandra Bullock,
the romantic comedy "One Fine Day," starring Michelle
Pfeiffer and George Clooney, and was executive producer on last
summer s blockbuster "Contact, starring Jodie Foster and
Matthew McConaughey, and directed by Robert Zemeckis.
A graduate of Pomona College, Obst began her career as editor/author
of The Rolling Stone Historv of the Sixties. After
completing the project, she moved from alternative journalist
to The New York Times Magazine. She covered science, publishing
and entertainment during her three years as an editor of the magazine.
Obst shifted gears in 1979 to become vice president of creative
affairs for Casablanca/Polygram, where she developed films including
"Flashdance," on which she was associate producer. Soon
after she joined the David Geffen Company.
In 1985, Obst became partners with Debra Hill and formed
Hill/Obst Productions at Paramount Pictures. Among their films
were Chris Columbus' directing debut "Adventures in Babysitting,"
as well as "Heartbreak Hotel," which he wrote and directed.
In 1989, Obst formed her own production company Lynda Obst Productions
and moved to Columbia Pictures where she produced "The Fisher
King" (with Debra Hill), starring Robin Williams and Jeff
Bridges, and directed by Terry Gilliam. Obst also produced Nora
Ephron's directing debut "This Is My Life" for 20th
Century Fox and executive produced Ephron's second film, "Sleepless
in Seattle," starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan for Tri-Star
This summer she will be shooting her first television miniseries,
"The Sixties," for NBC, to be aired in February 1999.
Obst is also the author of the best-selling non-fiction book,
Hello. He Lied: And Other Truths From the Hollywood Trenches,
her personal Hollywood survival guide, and numerous magazine articles.
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