Digital Spy has issued its ranking of the most influential women in Hollywood, and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy has come out on top. Kennedy began her career as Steven Spielberg’s secretary, and eventually came to produce films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Sixth Sense, Schindler’s List, Poltergeist, E.T., Gremlins, The Goonies, Back to the Future, Lincoln, and Jurassic Park (just to name a few!). Currently, she is the executive producer of the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, and she is the producer of Star Wars Episode VII.

Kennedy was named by George Lucas as the new president of Lucasfilm back in October 2012. Here is a brief profile from Digital Spy:

When George Lucas handed over the keys to his Lucasfilm kingdom he turned to Kathleen Kennedy, who began her Hollywood career as Steven Spielberg’s secretary and swiftly rose through the ranks to produce hits such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and The Sixth Sense.

Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm signaled an aggressive intent to relaunch Star Wars for a new generation – following on from Episode VII, we’ll get to see big-screen sequels and spinoffs, an animated TV show, fresh Star Wars comics, novels and video games in a huge cross-media tapestry weaving together George Lucas’s universe.

The pop cultural landscape over the next decade could get totally reshaped by Star Wars (and let’s not forget Lucasfilm could also revive Indiana Jones), and Kennedy is the one entrusted with steering the ship.

To see who else made the list, please visit http://www.digitalspy.com.

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