Gale Anne Hurd
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Born October 25, 1955 (1955-10-25) (age 65)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education Stanford University (B.A., 1977)
Occupation Film producer, television producer
Children 1

Gale Anne Hurd (born October 25, 1955) is an American film and television producer, the founder of Valhalla Entertainment (formerly Pacific Western Productions),[1] and a former recording secretary for the Producers Guild of America.[2]

Early life

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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.[3] Her father was Jewish, and her mother was Roman Catholic.[4] She grew up in Palm Springs, California and graduated from Palm Springs High School in 1973.[5] She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in economics and communications, and a minor in political science, in 1977.[6]

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.[7] 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),[8] Aliens (1986), and The Abyss (1989).[9]


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.[10]

In 2003, she was awarded the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology at Telluride, Colorado, along with Sir Arthur C. Clarke.[11]

In 2010, the drama series she produced, The Walking Dead, began airing on AMC.[12]

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

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Hurd's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

On October 3, 2012, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[13]

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.[14]

Hurd has been awarded the Fangoria Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, for her body of work in the horror and science fiction genres.[15]

Personal life

Hurd was married to James Cameron from 1985 to 1989;[16] to director Brian De Palma from 1991 to 1993, with whom she had one daughter, Lolita de Palma, in 1991;[17][18] and to screenwriter/director Jonathan Hensleigh since 1995.[citation needed]

Hurd is a supporter of Arsenal F.C.[19]

Filmography as Producer

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The producing team behind Aliens, James Cameron and Hurd


  1. "Gale Anne Hurd". Valhalla Entertainment. Retrieved June 12, 2008. 
  2. "Walking Dead Atlanta Recruitment Event". Retrieved February 19, 2019. 
  3. "Gale Anne Hurd Biography (1955–)". Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  4. "Gale Anne Hurd Biography". November 2, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  5. Fessier, Bruce (January 10, 2018). "'Walking Dead' producer returns home to present 'Mankiller' at Palm Springs festival". The Desert Sun. Retrieved February 19, 2019. 
  6. David, Mark (May 23, 2007). "Gale Anne Hurd and Jonathan Hensleigh’s Pasadena Palace". Variety. Retrieved February 19, 2019. 
  7. Harris, Janelle (August 14, 2013). "SO WHAT DO YOU DO, GALE ANNE HURD, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE WALKING DEAD?". Mediabistro. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  8. "Dispatches From the Set – Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd". AMC. Archived from the original on July 23, 2010. 
  9. "TV: First 'The Walking Dead' Webisode Takes Us to Zombie School". BloodyDisgusting. 
  10. "Gale Anne Hurd Biography". Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  11. "Women in Horror Month: Gale Anne Hurd, the Harbinger of Mainstream Horror". Fangoria. February 18, 2015. 
  12. "Executive Producer". 
  13. "Producing the unseen". Variety. October 3, 2012. 
  14. "The 2013 Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award". Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  15. "Never mind Oscar, here’s the 2017 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards Nominees Ballot!". Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  16. Holson, Laura M. (June 16, 2003). "The Terminator and the Hulk Help Build a Career". New York Times. 
  17. "Gale Anne Hurd Biography". Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  18. Holson, Laura M. (June 16, 2003). "The Terminator and the Hulk Help Build a Career". New York Times. 
  19. "Gale Anne Hurd". Arsenal F.C.. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. 

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