Heyman earns WIFTV lifetime nod

4:00 AM PST 12/05/2006 by Stuart Kemp, AP

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LONDON -- Highly regarded U.K. producer and long-standing industry player Norma Heyman is to be awarded this year's Women in Film and TV's lifetime achievement award, organizers said Monday.

Heyman will receive her award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the film industry at the WIFTV's 16th annual awards luncheon to be held Friday in London.

Previous WIFTV lifetime achievement honorees include Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Cilla Black, Barbara Windsor and Esther Rantzen.

WIFTV chief executive Jane Cussons billed Heyman as "a truly inspirational woman" and described her as a "role model when I was a producer."

Heyman most recently produced the Judi Dench starrer "Mrs. Henderson Presents" and also has played an instrumental role in paving the way for other women to succeed in the movie business.

After beginning her career as an actress, Heyman became an independent producer in 1984 with "The Honorary Consul."

She received a Best Picture Oscar nomination in 1988 for "Dangerous Liaisons" and her credits also include "Gangster No.1."

WIFTV, established in 1990, exists to protect and enhance the status, interests and diversity of women working at all levels in both film, television and the digital media industries.
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