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'Hidden Figures' producer Donna Gigliotti began her career as Martin Scorsese's assistant

'Hidden Figures' producer Donna Gigliotti began her career as Martin Scorsese's assistant

The gig: Donna Gigliotti, 61, is the Oscar-winning producer of movies including “Shakespeare in Love” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” As president of New York production company Levantine Films, she produced the acclaimed space-race drama “Hidden Figures,” which is nominated for three Academy Awards including best picture.

Early life: Gigliotti grew up in upstate New York, where her mother worked in real estate and her father worked in insurance. She learned at a young age to never be satisfied with success. When she came home with straight A’s her father would ask why they weren’t A-pluses.

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