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Gale Anne Hurd

Gale Anne Hurd

American film producer and screenwriter
The basics
Occupation Film producer Screenwriter Economist
Country United States of America
AKA Valhalla Motion Pictures
Date of birth Los Angeles
Spouse: James Cameron Brian De Palma Jonathan Hensleigh
Education Stanford University
Authority ISNI id Library of congress id IMDB id VIAF id
The details

Gale Anne Hurd (born October 25, 1955) is an American film producer. She is currently the recording secretary for the Producers Guild of America.

Early life

Hurd with her Hollywood Walk of Fame star, 2012

Hurd was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Lolita (née Espiau) and Frank E. Hurd, an investor. Her father was Jewish and her mother was Roman Catholic. She grew up in Palm Springs, California and graduated from Stanford University with a BA in economics and communications, and a minor in political science, in 1977.

Film career

She joined New World Pictures as executive assistant to Roger Corman, the company president. She worked her way up through various administrative positions and eventually became involved in production. She formed her own production company, Pacific Western Productions, in 1982 and went on to produce a number of box-office hits including The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), and The Abyss (1989).

Hurd with the cast of The Walking Dead in October 2012

In 1998, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.

In 1991, Hurd produced the film Cast a Deadly Spell.

In 2003, she was awarded the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology at Telluride, Colorado, along with Sir Arthur C. Clarke.

In 2010, the drama series she produced, The Walking Dead, began airing on AMC.

In 2011, Hurd became a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2011.

On October 3, 2012, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2013, Hurd was awarded the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award from the Athena Film Festival, at Barnard College in New York City. The award honors her as a woman in the film industry whose leadership demonstrates vision and courage and sets a standard for other women to emulate.

Personal life

Hurd was married to James Cameron from 1985 to 1989. She later married director Brian De Palma from 1991 to 1993, with whom she had one daughter, Lolita de Palma, in 1991. Hurd is currently wed to screenwriter/director Jonathan Hensleigh, whom she married in 1995.

Hurd is a supporter of Arsenal F.C.



The producing team behind Aliens, James Cameron and Hurd
  • The Terminator (1984)
  • Aliens (1986)
  • Alien Nation (1988)
  • Bad Dreams (1988)
  • The Abyss (1989)
  • Downtown (1990)
  • Tremors (1990)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • The Waterdance (1992)
  • Raising Cain (1992)
  • Safe Passage (1994)
  • The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
  • The Relic (1997)
  • Dante's Peak (1997)
  • Armageddon (1998)
  • Virus (1999)
  • Dick (1999)
  • Adventure Inc. (2002) (Syndicated TV series)
  • Clockstoppers (2002)
  • Hulk (2003)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
  • The Punisher (2004)
  • Æon Flux (2005)
  • Welcome to the Jungle (2007)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Punisher: War Zone (2008)
  • The Walking Dead (2010)
  • Fear the Walking Dead (2015)
  • Hunters (2016)
  • Falling Water (2016)
  • Lore (?)


  • The Terminator (1984)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) (characters)
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) (characters)
  • Terminator Salvation (2009) (characters)
  • Terminator Genisys (2015) (characters)
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