For restoring the Force to "Star Wars"
Kathleen Kennedy, who was named president of Lucasfilm by founder George Lucas in 2012, represents a vital part of pretty much your entire childhood. As cofounder (alongside Steven Spielberg and her husband, Frank Marshall) of Amblin Entertainment, she produced the likes of Gremlins, the Back to the Future trilogy, and Jurassic Park, as well as Oscar darlings such as Lincoln, Schindler's List, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Of the 60-plus films she’s produced or executive produced (she and Marshall also cofounded The Kennedy/Marshall Company), she’s earned 8 Oscar nominations, and the films have won 25 Oscars and taken in well over $13 billion in worldwide box office. Her first release as newly minted Lucasfilm head was the global phenomenon Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And Kennedy isn’t just the caretaker of Lucas’s legacy: She’s an on-the-ground producer who worked with Disney and Bob Iger to handpick director J.J. Abrams and press for a diverse cast and crew. Now, she is overseeing two more Star Wars movies, a spin-off called Rogue One, and a new Indiana Jones movie due in 2019.