Paula was born in Youngstown, Ohio to Edmund Jamison Kauffman and Sue Kauffman, with her two sisters Sally Hale and Susan Brooks. She started her career in the Youngstown Playhouse, then attended Carnegie Mellon University in the Drama department. Paula left Carnegie Mellon to act in New York, where she was asked back to Carnegie Mellon. She ... Wikipedia
While an agent at CAA, she represented such top talent as Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, Val Kilmer, Demi Moore, Liam Neeson, Robert Towne, and Kathryn Bigelow, among others.
Appeared as a co-star on the first TV mini-series, Loose Change.
Co-authored the feminist play Out of Our Father's House.
Began her career as an actress on and off-Broadway, including as a member of the original cast of the Broadway production of Lenny.
Was a member of the Yale Repertory Company.
Studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
Studied Acting at Carnegie Mellon University, and is now a Lifetime Trustee for the University and an adjunct faculty member for the Heinz School in the Masters of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM) program.
Announced that she will leave United Artists. [August 2008]
New chief executive of United Artists. [November 2006]
Tom Cruise's producing partner at Cruise/Wagner Productions.
Hollywood is an artistic medium, it should be leading the way, but we're not. We're not reflecting culture strongly enough, we're lagging behind. Women aren't going away. I just think we have to understand that it's not female culture and male culture, it's culture - women bring something specific, men bring something specific, and films can incorporate and encompass all of it.
I had a really strong goal, and one day I changed it completely, but the change is what made me what I am today. It's as important to be flexible as it is to be goal oriented.
Let's make movies, not deals. Let's write movies, not scripts. -- on the need to streamline the development of movies
Studios will make a movie out of Tide (laundry soap) if they think it'll work. -- on the major studios' focus on franchises and branded properties