In recent years women have made not only independent films but an increasing number of films for Hollywood studios, One of the best-known women directors is Penny Marshall, with such films as Big, Awakenings, and A League of Their Own to her credit.
Another top woman director is actress Barbra Streisand, with such films as Yentl and The Prince of Tides.
Other films by women directors include Amy Heckerling’s Clueless, Nora Ephron’s Sleepless in Seattle, and Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust.
Barbra Streisand, in costume for her starring role in Vent!, steps behind the camera to check a scene. She directed, produced, and co-wrote the 1983 film.
In 1980 Sherry Lansing became the first woman president of a major Hollywood studio, at Twentieth Century Fox.