Gale Anne Hurd was born on 25 October 1955, in Los Angeles, California USA, of Jewish descent. Gale is a film producer, best known for being the current recording secretary of the Producers Guild of America. She also founded Pacific Western Productions which would later become Valhalla Entertainment. All of her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Gale Anne Hurd? As of early-2017, sources estimate a net worth that is at $60 million, mostly earned through a successful career as a film producer. She’s helped create many box office and television hits over the years. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Gale Anne Hurd Net Worth $60 million
Hurd grew up in Palm Springs, California and would later attend Stanford University, and graduated in 1977 with a degree in economics and communications. She also had a minor in political science. One of her first steps to a career in film was joining New World Pictures as an executive assistant, under the company president Roger Corman, and would slowly work her way up through numerous administrative positions. Eventually, she found her way into production, then formed her own production company called Pacific Western Productions in 1982. The company would be responsible for creating numerous box office hits, including 1984’s “The Terminator” which helped launch both James Cameron’s and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film careers. The company also produced “Aliens” which would earn seven Academy Award nominations, including wins at the Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects categories. In 1989, the production company then worked on “The Abyss” which is about a search team trying to recover a sinking submarine in the Caribbean, then encountering something else.
Thanks to her work, Gale Anne was rewarded with the Women in Film Crystal Award which is given to women who help expand the role of females in the entertainment industry. In 1991, she produced the HBO film “Cast a Deadly Spell” which was written by Joseph Dougherty, and continued making notable projects including “Terminator” sequels, ‘Dante’s Peak”, and “Armageddon”. In 2003, she received the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology alongside Arthur C. Clarke. She produced films such as “Aeon Flux” and “Punisher: War Zone”, before in 2010 helping to create the hit show “The Walking Dead” which started airing on AMC, receiving a lot of critical acclaim and awards. In 2011 Hurd became governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a year later was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2013, she received a Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award which is given to women in the film industry. Her latest recognition, the Fangoria Lifetime Achievement Award was given in 2017 and was thanks to her work in the horror and science fiction genres.
For her personal life, it is known that Gale was married to James Cameron from 1985 to 1989. Two years later she married director Brian De Palma and it lasted for two years; they have a daughter. In 1996, she married director Jonathan Hensleigh. Gale is a supporter of Arsenal FC.
Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1988.
Has one daughter with Brian De Palma: Lolita De Palma (born September 19, 1991).
Received her Bachelor's degree in Economics and Communications from Stanford University (1977).
One of her hobbies is scuba diving and she set up two live-aboard dive boat businesses, the Truk Aggressor and the Palau Aggressor, both based in Micronesia.
Is close friends with Martha Coolidge and goes to her ranch sometimes to ride the horses she keeps there.
Owns a yacht named Double Feature.
Is an only child of Lolita and Frank E. Hurd, an investor.
[on the appeal of The Walking Dead (2010)] It's not about the zombies, really. People far wiser than we are... talk about a primal fear that we have as human beings - being dead but not dead, with no control, shuffling around with no awareness. And then you become a cannibal and eat your family.
A lot of producers now are people who stay in their office and never go to the set. I don't know how you can be the advocate of the movie if you're not there in it every day.
(on the benefits of shooting on real locations) When you're on a sound stage -- which I have to tell you everyone prefers -- it's easier. But you don't have the same tension, the same energy level. You can tell a film that has been shot at a brisk pace with lots of energy. It comes through in the dynamics of what you see on the screen. Somehow, it's easier to create when you're out there in real places on real streets, no matter what the hardships are while you're shooting. There's much more camaraderie when you're out there in the elements.
(from a 1988 interview) Filmmaking is a business and at the bottom line people who don't make fiscally responsible decisions end up going into another line of work. You've seen several independent companies go bust recently. There's every reason in the world to put your money behind a sure bet and if you check the business sequels do it's really one of the surest bets around.
A lot of my films have dealt with the dark side of technology and stress that you have to examine the ramifications of progress.
I'm just attracted to the action element of science fiction. It's great to sit in the editing room with the director and sound engineers and to create the feeling where your heart is racing and you're sitting at the edge of your seat and you find yourself holding your breath.