Julia Phillips

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Julia Phillips (April 7, 1944 – January 1, 2002) was an American film producer and author. She co-produced three of the most prominent films of the 1970s; The Sting, Taxi Driver, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and was the first female producer to win an Academy Award for Best Film. In 1991, Phillips published an infamous tell-all memoir of her years as a Hollywood producer, entitled You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, which became a bestseller. Born Julia Miller in New York City, she received her B.A. in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College in 1965, where she met Michael Phillips, whom she married, and whom she would later divorce. She worked for a time editing articles for magazines, and moved from there into the film industry. In 1973, The Sting won the Academy Award for Best Picture and made Phillips the first woman to win an Oscar as a producer (an award shared by Tony Bill and Phillips' then-husband Michael Phillips). In 1977, Taxi Driver, produced by the Phillipses, was nominated for Best Picture. Her third major film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, was produced with Michael Phillips and associate producer/production manager Clark Paylow.
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