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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Maha Dakhil
    Motion picture agent, CAA

    Don't let the hipster pink highlights and Venice sensibility fool you: Dakhil is a shrewd and tireless advocate for her roster of A-list film directors that includes Steven Spielberg, reigning Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius and The Hunger Games' Gary Ross. In the past year, she helped launch a number of her clients' tricky-to-finance films, such as Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave and Lee Daniels' The Butler. When she's not trawling the festival circuit looking for the next Hazanavicius, Dakhil, 37, is busy repping the likes of Tom Cruise, Madonna and Natalie Portman.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: When I first walked up the steps of the Palais as a college intern at the 50th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival.

    Who gave me my first big break: The unique and wonderful Lee Cohen (now at Paradigm).

    When I leave work each day, I can't wait to: Turn the lights off, turn some music on.

    Can't get through my workday without: Laughter.

    Most surprising songs on my iPod: Any of the many by N.W.A.

    Proudest moment this year: Watching Gary Ross introduce Hunger Games to the world.

    Totally starstruck around Rachel Maddow. But I got way more starstruck at the sight of Tupac's hologram at Coachella in April.

    Best advice I've ever gotten: "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken" -- an Oscar Wilde quote.

    When my relatives are confused about what I do, I tell them: I am on the other line and will call right back.

    Top three shows on my DVR: The Rachel Maddow Show, Summer Heights High and Girls.

    Embarrassed to admit I watch: The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

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