Sherry Lansing to Get Humanitarian Oscar

Friday, December 15, 2006

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LOS ANGELES — Sherry Lansing, former chief executive of Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group, will be getting an Oscar next year.

Lansing, 62, will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 79th Academy Awards, academy president Sid Ganis announced Thursday.

"Sherry has earned enormous respect throughout the industry, not only for her successful career as a producer and studio head, but because she has never failed to further devote her enormous energy to the needs of others," Ganis said in a statement.

The Hersholt Award, voted on by the academy's board of governors, recognizes humanitarian work that brings credit to the film industry.

Lansing serves on the board of Stop Cancer and the American Red Cross' Advisory Committee. She is a regent of the University of California, a trustee of the Carter Center human-rights organization and serves on the Citizens' Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Stem Cell Research.

The award will be presented to Lansing during the Academy Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theater on Feb. 25.

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