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MacDonald, Laurie 1954(?)-

MacDonald, Laurie 1954(?)-


Born c. 1954, in Watsonville, CA; father, a mining engineer; married Walter F. Parkes (a producer and production executive), 1983; children: two. Education: Sonoma State University, B.A.


Office—Parkes/MacDonald Productions, 100 Universal City Plaza, University City, CA 91608.


Producer and production manager. KRON, San Francisco, CA, documentary and news producer; Columbia Pictures, creative executive, 1984-85, then vice president of production, 1985-88; Aerial Pictures, executive, 1988-94; Amblin Entertainment, executive vice-president (with husband Walter F. Parkes), 1994; DreamWorks Pictures, production executive in charge of film division (with Walter F. Parkes), 1994—; Parkes/MacDonald Productions, Universal City, CA, principal and producer (with Parkes). Previously worked as a model.

Awards, Honors:

ShoWest Award (with Walter F. Parkes), producer of the year, National Association of Theatre Owners, 1998; Golden Satellite Award (with Parkes), best motion picture—animated or mixed media, International Press Academy, 1998, for Men in Black.


Film Executive Producer:

How to Make an American Quilt, Universal, 1995.

Twister, Warner Bros., 1996.

The Trigger Effect, Gramercy Pictures, 1996.

The Peacemaker, DreamWorks, 1997.

Amistad, DreamWorks, 1997.

The Mask of Zorro, Columbia, 1998.

Gladiator, DreamWorks, 2000.

The Time Machine, DreamWorks, 2002.

The Tuxedo, DreamWorks, 2002.

Catch Me If You Can, DreamWorks, 2002.

The Island, DreamWorks, 2005.

The Lookout, Miramax, 2007.

The Kite Runner, DreamWorks, 2007.

Film Producer:

Men in Black (also known as MIB), MCA/Universal, 1997.

Men in Black II (also known as MIB 2 and MIIB), Columbia, 2002.

The Ring, DreamWorks, 2002.

The Terminal, DreamWorks, 2004.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (also known as Lemony Snicket—Ratselhafte Ereignisse), Paramount, 2004.

The Ring Two (also known as Samara and Samara: Ring 2), DreamWorks, 2005.

Just Like Heaven, DreamWorks, 2005.

The Legend of Zorro (also known as Z), Columbia, 2005.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (also known as Sweeney Todd), DreamWorks, 2007.

A Tale of Two Sisters, DreamWorks, 2008.

Film Coproducer:

(With Walter F. Parkes) True Believers, 1988.

Film Production Manager:

The Parent Trap (also known as Disney's "The Parent Trap"), Buena Vista, 1998.

Jane Austen's Mafia! (also known as Mafia!), Buena Vista, 1998.

Film Appearances:

Herself, Barry Sonnenfeld's Intergalactic Guide to Comedy (documentary short), Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2002.

Herself and producer, A Terrible Tragedy: Alarming Evidence from the Making of the Film—A Woeful World (documentary), Paramount, 2004.

Herself, Booking the Flight: The Script, the Story (documentary short), DreamWorks Home Entertainment, 2004.

Television Executive Producer; Series:

Birdland, ABC, 1994.

Men in Black: The Series (animated; also known as Men in Black: The Animated Series), The WB, 1997.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Inside "The Terminal" (documentary), HBO, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Inside ‘The Terminal’," HBO First Look, HBO, 2004.

"The Making of ‘The Ring Two’," HBO First Look, HBO, 2005.

"Just Like Heaven," HBO First Look, HBO, 2005.



Newsmakers, Issue I, Gale Group, 2004.


Forbes, March 3, 2003, p. O86.

Variety, May 29, 2000, p. 12; November 15, 2004, p. A1.

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