SOMEONE LIKE YOU
LYNDA OBST (Producer) grew up in suburban New York and graduated from Pomona College in 1972. She attended graduate school at Columbia University, majoring in Philosophy. From Columbia, she began her film and journalism career as the editor/author of The Rolling Stone History of the Sixties, a compendium of the era's people, politics, and popular culture. She then became an editor at The New York Times Magazine, where she covered such diverse topics as science and publishing, before being recruited in 1979 by Peter Guber, then chairman of Casablanca/Polygram. There she developed "Flashdance" and "Clue," as well as the adaptation of Carl Sagan's novel Contact. In 1982, Obst joined the David Geffen Company, where she worked on the development and production of a number of films.
After training with Peter Guber and David Geffen, Obst was ready to produce movies on her own, and in 1985, she became partners with Debra Hill and formed
Hill Obst Productions at Paramount Pictures. Among their films were Chris Columbus's directing debut, "Adventures in Babysitting," as well as "Heartbreak Hotel," which Columbus wrote and directed.
In 1989 Obst started her own production company and moved to Columbia Pictures, where she produced "The Fisher King" (with Debra Hill) and Nora Ephron's directing debut, "This is My Life," and executive produced Ephron's second film, "Sleepless in Seattle." As part of an extensive 5-year, multi-picture deal with Twentieth Century Fox, Obst most recently produced "The Siege" starring Denzel Washington and Annette Bening, "Hope Floats" starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr, and
"One Fine Day" starring Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney, as well as SOMEONE LIKE YOU. In addition to her projects at Fox, Obst executive produced the summer blockbuster "Contact," starring Jodie Foster for Warner Bros in 1997. In 1999 Obst was nominated for an Emmy for executive producing "The Sixties," a two-part miniseries for
Obst recently signed a new multi-picture deal with Paramount Pictures, where her production company is located. She is currently working simultaneously on projects for both Paramount and Fox. Her non-fiction book, Hello, He Lied: And Other Truths from the Hollywood Trenches, was first published by Little Brown and debuted at #1 on the Los Angeles Times best seller list. Broadway Books published the paperback in 1997, with the book once again making the best-seller list, where it remained for 12 weeks. Obst also writes book reviews for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and essays about the film business for The New York Times, Premiere, Texas Monthly, The Nation and Harper's Magazine.
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