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Los Angeles County, CA April 7, 2009 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Laura Friedman

Candidate for
Council Member; City of Glendale

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Laura Friedman has held executive positions as a film producer with oversight of a slate of films with combined production budgets exceeding $85 million. She is currently an entrepreneur with a successful on-line antiques and decorative arts business. In addition, she has served in leadership roles in a number of non-profit community based organizations. She was appointed three times to the City of Glendale's Design Review Board, where her fairness and decision-making skills have helped build consensus on the Board and garner respect across the community. Laura understands the needs of small and large businesses, homeowners, and developers, from first hand experience.


Glendale Garden Fundraising Tour; After undergoing treatment for breast cancer, Laura originated the concept of a Garden Tour cancer fundraiser and brought the Glendale Historical Society and Glendale Adventist Medical Center together to produce this event, which raised $35,000 to establish a new fitness program which is free to any cancer survivor.

City of Glendale Design Review Board, three terms.

Board of Directors, Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter.

Vice Chair, Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee.

Steering Committee, Minnesota Film Commission.

Member, Glendale Women's Civic League.

Member of Glendale Organized Against Cell Towers: As a working member of GOACT Laura Friedman successfully fought to regulate unsightly cell towers in our neighborhoods. Glendale Organized Against Cellphone Towers.


2000-present: Small Business Owner of a web-based art glass dealership with a worldwide market presence.

1998-1999: Vice President of Development, Cort/Madden Company; oversight of project acquisition, development and creative staff, of Paramount Pictures based company, including "Runaway Bride" and including the Emmy Award winning "Something the Lord Made".

1994-1997: Vice President of Development, Rysher Entertainment; oversight of production of approximately ten feature films annually as well as extensive television programming.

Educational Director, The L.A. Intensive, an educational program featured at the American Pavilion for students attending the Cannes Film Festival.

Instructor, UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.

Guest Instructor, Chapman University; Film Production.


Executive Producer: "Foxfire" (Samuel Goldwyn)

Executive Producer: "Zeus and Roxanne" (MGM)

Associate Producer: "House Arrest" (MGM)

Associate Producer: "Aberration" (Artisan Entertainment)

Associate Producer: "It Takes Two" (Warner Brothers)

Producer/Writer: "King of the Hill" (Versus Network)


2008 Character & Ethics Award; Glendale Character and Ethics Project

2008 Flame of Hope Award; Glendale Adventist Medical Center

2006 Volunteer Recognition Award; Los Angeles Conservancy

Best American Essays and Best American Sportswriting, Los Angeles Magazine; for a feature story


Bachelor of Arts, University of Rochester; Rochester, New York


Laura Friedman was raised in South Florida. Her husband, Guillaume Lemoine, is a professional landscape designer, who sits on the Board of the Green Glendale Coalition, in which capacity he is helping to establish new community gardens. Laura and Guillaume live in a home in northwest Glendale with their 15 year old German Shepherd. They maintain a drought tolerant landscape and an organic vegetable garden. Laura is an experienced equestrian. Guillaume and Laura are currently in the process of adopting their first child.

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