Kathleen Kennedy (born June 5, 1953) is an American film producer, who co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg, and her husband Frank Marshall, before leaving with him to form their own film company The Kennedy/Marshall Company, before stepping down, in May 2012. She is best known for producing films like the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park.
For The Walt Disney Company she worked as a film producer for films such as the 1988 award-winning film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Arachnophobia, Noises Off, A Far Off Place, The Young Black Stallion, War Horse and Lincoln. Kennedy and her husband were also producers for the English versions of two Studio Ghibli animated features, Ponyo released in 2009 and The Secret World of Arrietty released in 2012.
In June 2012, Kennedy was named co-chair of Lucasfilm Ltd. alongside George Lucas, whose role will eventually be assumed by Kennedy. With the sale of Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Company, she was promoted to president. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for the Star Wars franchise, working directly with Disney's global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Kennedy will also serve as executive producer on new Star Wars films starting with Episode VII in 2015.