Who is Richard Donner's wife Lauren Shuler Donner?

RICHARD Donner, a Hollywood star best known for directing films such as 1980s movie The Goonies, passed away on Monday, July 5, 2021.

The director left behind his wife, Lauren Shuler Donner, who sometimes worked as Richard’s producing partner.

 Who is Richard Donner's wife Lauren Shuler Donner?

Richard Donner met his wife and sometimes collaborator Lauren Schuler Donner in the early 1980s, while making 1985′s Ladyhawke.

Lauren was an aspiring producer fresh off a divorce.

"I was 33. I was trying to get respect and didn’t want to be sleeping with the director," she has previously joked.

Since getting together romantically, the pair only worked together as producer (her) and director (him) on four films, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

These included Ladyhawke, Radio Flyer, Assassins and Timeline.

Speaking to the website in 2008, Richard said: 

“We like our marriage better than the business.”

“We collaborate on other (things). But when you’re talking about screenplays, projects and things like that, we just cannot work together, because she won’t listen to me!” 

“Lauren’s great attributes are working with directors, and she’s wonderful with them and gets along and everything. And I’m just like a real loner. Rather than hurt our relationship, it’s better we don’t work together.”

When did Richard and Lauren get married?

Shuler and Donner married in 1985.

Lauren has referred to her late husband as "the sexiest man alive."

She added that his personality shows in his movies, describing her husband as "fun, larger than life, loud, strong, with a big mushy heart."

Richard had previously paid tribute to his wife, saying she was the “greatest thing” he got out of the film industry.

“I can’t say in words how much you mean to me. Words weren’t written,” he said.

Do Richard and Lauren have children?

Richard and Lauren did not have any children of their own.

Donner reportedly formed a close connection with his young “Goonies” cast – covering college tuition for Jeff Cohen, and paying for life-saving rehab for another – actor Corey Feldman.

Donner told The Associated Press in a 1985 interview that the young cast helped him through the production.

“I never had kids of my own, and they became like my family,” he said.

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