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Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker

By: Stephen Galloway

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After several misses, I finally landed on this as my biography for the Brown Dog Reading Challenge. I don’t usually enjoy biographies, and this one did slog in some parts. The middle part was mostly name dropping of stars and movies and repeated stories of how difficult famous people can be.

I did enjoy the glimpses of how she managed to climb the ladder in a male dominated industry as well as how she decided to pivot in her second act and work to develop some of the most impactful non profits.

There are several ways to deal with sexism in any industry and Sherry did it with class and a bit of understanding. My favorite part of her story is when, at the top of her career, she decided she was done and walked away to do things that were meaningful and would fill her up.

As she said, “You think success is going to fill you up, but you can only fill yourself up.”

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