50 Powerful Women in Entertainment

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Mindy Kaling
> Occupation: Actress/producer/writer

Mindy Kaling gained recognition for role as Kelly Kapoor on NBC’s hit sitcom “The Office,” for which she also worked as a writer, executive producer, and director. She’s been nominated for six Emmys. Kaling also starred in the TV series “The Mindy Project.” Her big-screen credits include “Ocean’s Eight,” “Late Night,” and “A Wrinkle in Time.”

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Kathleen Kennedy
> Occupation: Executive

Few women in the entertainment industry can boast the credentials and executive longevity of Kathleen Kennedy. Now the president of Lucasfilm, the eight-time Oscar nominated Kennedy supervises the company’s three divisions: Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound. She has produced such films as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and, this past year, “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Kennedy co-founded Steven Spielberg’s production company, now called Amblin Entertainment, with Spielberg and her husband, Frank Marshall, in 1982.

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Nicole Kidman
> Occupation: Actress

Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (who won a Best Actress Oscar for “The Hours”) is one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood, with 92 acting credits. Among them is the recent Amazon Prime biopic “Being the Ricardos,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Other films of note are “Eyes Wide Shut,” “Days of Thunder,” “Dead Calm,” and “Batman Forever.” Kidman’s company Blossom Films, according to her website, is dedicated to “supporting artists and exploring new perspectives to bring you stories we love.” The Australian actress also was named goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women.

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Lady Gaga
> Occupation: Singer/actress

Lady Gaga’s ascendence in the entertainment industry has been meteoric. She has had 30 songs in the Billboard Hot 100, including the No. 1 hits “Born This Way,” “Just Dance,” and “Poker Face.” The flamboyant Gaga – born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta – has also won 12 Grammys, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and two Golden Globes. She performance in the 2018 remake of “A Star Is Born” won her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. A fashion icon, she is also known for her support of mental health issues and LGBT rights.

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Donna Langley
> Occupation: Executive

Donna Langley is the chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and is one of the founders of the anti-sexual harassment group Time’s Up, founded after the #MeToo movement emerged about five years ago. With theaters shuttered during the pandemic, she chose to make premium films available on demand to be streamed at home. Two years earlier, under her leadership, the company topped $4 billion at the worldwide box office. Langley also has played a role in the success of the Jurassic World and Bourne movie franchises as well as small-budget wins like “Get Out.”

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