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Fern Champion, Casting Director

Veteran casting director Fern Champion started in New York casting for directors such as Sidney Lumet, John Badham, Alan Pakula and Herbert Ross. She relocated to Los Angeles when producer Robert Stigwood asked her to cast "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band." A love of comedy led her to casting "The Naked Gun" and "Police Academy" movies, as well as films featuring Carol Burnett, Gilda Radner, Rodney Dangerfield, Dan Aykroyd, and Cheech and Chong.

Fern had the privilege of casting Billy Wilder's final film with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, "Buddy Buddy." While casting "The Mask" with Jim Carrey, Fern discovered future superstar Cameron Diaz. Other discoveries include Mickey Rourke, Danny Glover, Kim Cattrall, Kelly Preston, and Sharon Stone, whom she cast in the miniseries "War and Remembrance."

Fern ventured into the action/horror genre with several "Friday the 13th" movies, "Pet Sematary," and "Mortal Kombat." During the 1990s, her focus shifted to series television, in which she worked with producer Aaron Spelling for six years on series such as "Beverly Hills, 90210," as well as working on "The Highlander" and "Babylon 5."

Recent casting credits include a remake of Stephen King's "Children of the Corn" the sci-fi family film "Robosapien," produced by Avi Arad ("Ironman"); "The Kings of Appletown," starring the Sprouse twins and directed by Oscar-winner Bobby Moresco ("Crash"); the martial-arts action-adventure film "Tekken" and a filmed adaptation of the play "The Awakening of Spring" for director Arthur Allan Seidelman.

Currently, Fern is casting the feature films "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks" and "A Magical Mystery Tour," as well as MOWs for Lifetime and Hallmark. Her proudest achievements are her sons Sean and Spencer.


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