Finding Forrester, Official Site: RHONDA TOLLEFSON (Producer): As the
president and partner of Fountainbridge Films, Rhonda Tollefson recently
produced the hit motion picture "Entrapment," which has grossed over $250
million worldwide thus far. Starting in television, Tollefson began her
career as a development assistant with producer Douglas Netter, working on
a number of series, including "Captain Power" and "Soldiers of the
Future." Later, Tollefson moved over to film and went to work with
director John McTiernan, assisting in the production of "The Hunt for Red
October" and the development of future projects, including "Medicine Man."
Tollefson first started her working relationship with Sean Connery,
assisting him on that film as well as on "Rising Sun." This collaboration
led to their eventual partnership and the creation of Fountainbridge
Films, which was founded in 1992 with Tollefson as president.
Fountainbridge produced its first film, the dramatic thriller "Just
Cause," with Lee Rich and Warner Bros. in 1994. "Our ambition is to make
movies which are not only intelligent and thought-provoking, but which
embrace the hearts and minds of the audience," says Tollefson.
From IMDb (May 2002):
Sean Connery has dealt a huge blow to the Scottish film industry by closing
down his Los Angeles-based production company. Connery's Fountainbridge Films
was a major supporter of Scottish movie projects and with its closing plans
for a film about the life of Mary Queen Of Scots have been put on hold. Hollywood
sources claimed Sir Sean's shock decision followed disputes with his business
partner Rhonda Tollefson. Fountainbridge Films was behind the hit flick Entrapment,
which starred Sir Sean and Catherine Zeta-Jones . Connery's agent says, "Sean
took the decision to shut down Fountainbridge Films because he just wants
to concentrate on acting." Tollefson would only say, "Sean and I are no longer
in business together."
Kids Cancer Connection
Here's a little
article from Oprah's Angel Network:
Rhonda is a Hollywood movie producer who says
one Use Your Life Award winner inspired her to do something that brings her
more joy that winning an Oscar. Lori Butterworth received a Use Your Life
Award for helping families and their sick children spend more time together
through her organization
Jacob's Heart. Lori inspired Rhonda to change her life and help hundreds
of families in need.
"I set out to be a producer, and that's what I'm doing, but I realized that
success is giving back to other people. I needed to find that in my life. This
year instead of doing resolutions, I sat down and I wrote a list of things
that I intended to do for 2001."—Rhonda
"Two days later I saw the Oprah show [featuring Jacob's Heart]. I watched the
show and felt that was a sign. I picked up the phone, and I contacted [Lori's]
organization, Jacob's Heart, and asked her how I could help her. It really was
a miracle because an organization called Kids Cancer Connection also called
Lori the same day. Little did I know that we would collaborate to reach out to
"I got a call from Lori saying a family couldn't afford to bury their child. I
started calling every person I knew. Even my niece who is 10 years old donated
$2. I realized that $3,000 raised could give a child a dignified burial.
Nothing was as fulfilling as that moment when I realized I had helped a family
to bury their child with dignity."
How Rhonda's Helping Children
Some of Rhonda's ongoing projects are finding transportation for families to
and from the hospital, flying relatives and friends in for kid's treatments
with the donations of air miles through her web site, and getting phone cards
for kids to call family and friends while in the hospital.
"When I look into the children's eyes, I see these really special children.
That's the wonderful thing about giving. You think you're giving, but your
more surprised by what you're given back." —Rhonda
For More Information on Kids Cancer Connection:
Surprise from AT&T
Many families of children with cancer have an even greater need for phone
service. Family members need to stay in touch. Children in the hospital want
to talk to their friends at school. Unfortunately... many of the families in
Rhonda's program can't afford the phone bills. When the folks at AT&T learned
of this, they wanted to help out by donating 2,000 phone cards to the Kids
Cancer Connection. Each card has an hour of free phone calls—that's $35,000 in
free phone calls!
from the show, Use Your Life Award Finale Celebration