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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Rebecca Eaton
    Executive producer, "Masterpiece"

    Since taking over as exec producer in 1985, the Boston-born Eaton has helped turn Masterpiece into one of the most honored franchises in TV history. Eaton, 65, is credited with introducing American audiences to British costume dramas, including The Forsyte Saga, Bleak House and the popular Downton Abbey, which has become a must-see in the U.S. and earned 16 Emmy noms in 2012 (and won three).

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: When I saw Audrey Hepburn in Love in the Afternoon.

    Who gave me my first big break: Henry Becton. He hired me to be his production assistant on a TV show in Boston.

    Toughest decision I had to make: Whether or not to write a book about my life at Masterpiece. I decided to do it.

    When I leave work each day, I can't wait to: Have a drink. I drink sherry, martinis or Manhattans.

    Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: Take naps, read novels, take walks, cook -- not talk.

    My indulgence: Lots of massages.

    Can't get through my workday without: A good laugh with my team.

    Proudest moment this year: When I won three awards: from PBS and my alma maters, Polytechnic School in Pasadena and Vassar College.

    Totally starstruck around: Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis.

    What I'd tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: "Always have another option." It's such a quixotic, unreliable industry.

    Top three shows on my DVR: POV/Independent Lens, Homeland and Charlie Rose.

    Embarrassed to admit I watch: New England Patriots games?

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