Sherry Lansing, former president of 20th Century Fox and CEO of Paramount Pictures, has revealed that two of her greatest film triumphs – "Fatal Attraction" and "Forrest Gump" – were previously passed on by several studios before reaching her desk.
"Fatal Attraction," which Lansing produced in 1987 through her production company Jaffe-Lansing, became the world's highest-grossing film that year and received six Academy Award nominations.
"'Fatal Attraction' was a movie that I think was turned down twice by every studio and was probably passed on by about 26, 27 directors," Lansing told CNBC Meets' Tania Bryer in an interview in Los Angeles.
Lansing added: "but it's really a good Rorschach test for your own belief because both Stanley Jaffe and I – my partner at the time – never gave up."
Lansing said that "Forest Gump", one of her biggest successes while at Paramount, was also overlooked by other Hollywood studios.
Her husband, William Friedkin, director of "French Connection" and "The Exorcist", told Lansing that "Forrest Gump" was a bad title.