In 1993, after more than a decade with Amblin Entertainment, the most successful production entity in Hollywood, KATHLEEN KENNEDY and FRANK MARSHALL (Producers) founded their own company, The Kennedy/Marshall Company. The first two films out of the starting gate were directed by Marshall and produced by Kennedy: Alive (1993) and Congo (1995), followed by a childrens' film, Indian in the Cupboard (1995), directed by Frank Oz.

The careers of Kennedy and Marshall, who married in 1987 and have two daughters, have the contours of a fairy-tale. Together with Steven Spielberg, they brought to life dozens of the most commercially-successful and culturally hot-wired films in movie history. These include the Indiana Jones trilogy, the Back to the Future trilogy, Jurassic Park, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Color Purple, Twister and Schindler's List.

Kennedy moved to Los Angeles in 1977, shortly after graduating from San Diego State University. Within just a few months she landed a job with Steven Spielberg as a production assistant on 1941. The relationship between Spielberg, Kennedy and Marshall deepened with each successive project: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Poltergeist and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. "We shared a common enthusiasm and similar taste in movies," comments Kennedy.

Amblin Entertainment became official in 1983. "It was a fantastic experience," recalls Kennedy. "This was at a point in our lives where we had very few commitments to others, such as spouses or children, and we were completely consumed by the process of making movies."

Kennedy grew up in Northern California. In the 1850's the area had been occupied by Chinese who left many artifacts behind, which made for an exotic child's playground. These memories fed into a strong awareness of Asian culture, which contributed to her interest in Snow Falling On Cedars.

She entered San Diego State University as a nursing major but soon abandoned that field for telecommunications. She learned the tools of the trade by volunteering to work at the campus' public television station, eventually working as a camera operator for NFL football games and going on to produce the talk show, You're On.

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