Renowned film and TV producer Gale Anne Hurd says that she learned the tricks of the trade from her ex-husband, James Cameroon. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she said that she learned a lot from Roger Corman, who was her boss for a while.
She was then asked what she learned from Cameroon.To this, she replied, “I collaborate best with people that others might call aggressive or assertive; they have a defined vision and can communicate it. It does mean that it tends to be a rather monomaniacal perspective. When we were doing Aliens, Jim knew in his mind every cut point in every scene and what look he wanted. Our initial DP was Dick Bush (Victor, Victoria), who was used to doing lighting, camerawork and the [duties of the] DP, and he didn't want to know what the director's vision was. He felt that was his domain. If Jim wanted something in the cooler tones backlit, he would do warmer tones front-lit. Two weeks in, he was fired. I learned it's really important that everyone on a set share the vision, and the vision really should be the director's.”
Hurd and Cameroon first met on Roger Corman’s 1980 release, Battle beyond the Stars. Cameroon and Hurd then worked as co-producers on the set of The Terminator and then got hitched a year later. The couple eventually got divorced in 1989.
She, then married director Brian De Palma in 1991 but got divorced soon after, in 1993. She has one daughter, Lolita from her marriage with De Palma. Lolita was given her name as an honor to Hurd’s mother, who had died four years before.
She says Brian was impressed by her immense beauty and intelligence as she was one of the few female producers in the male-dominated field.
She then married her third husband, Jonathan Hensleigh in 1995 and the two are still going strong.
Gale was born in Los Angeles to a Jewish father and a Roman Catholic mother.
She started her career as an assistant and gradually worked her way up through various administrative positions and eventually got involved in production.
As a producer she is known among the audiences for the movies like The Terminator, Aliens, Alien Nation, The Abyss, The Ghost and the Darkness, The Relic, etc. Gale’s TV credits include the The Walking Dead.
And she has written for the different parts of the The Terminator as well.
Gale was awarded the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award from the Athena Film Festival, at Barnard College in New York City.
Her net worth is estimated at $50 million. Gale is said as one of the most courageous woman and a woman with further vision who can be led as an example to emulate. Gale who is now 60, still looks as young as ever.