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Celebrities with Lupus: Lauren Schuler Donner


Updated August 28, 2008

Celebrities with Lupus: Lauren Schuler Donner

Lauren Schuler Donner and actress Dakota Fanning

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Film producer Lauren Schuler Donner announced that she has lupus. But that won’t keep her from continuing her success as one of the most successful female producers in Hollywood.

Her first feature film was the hit comedy "Mr. Mom," and she followed that up with two of the most popular “Brat Pack” movies of the 1980s: "Pretty in Pink" and "St. Elmo’s Fire." In the 1990s, Schuler Donner oversaw production on all three "Free Willy" films, "Dave" and "You’ve Got Mail."

Her biggest hit, however, came in 2000 when she produced the live action version of the popular comic book "X-Men." Schuler Donner is also responsible for its two sequels and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

Also heavily involved with her community, Shuler Donner has been a recipient of the "Vision Award" from Retinitis Pigmentosa, and was honored (along with her husband, director and producer Richard Donner) by the prestigious Doctors Without Borders international medical organization. She serves on the Board of Hollygrove Children's Home, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles-based environmental organization, TreePeople.

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