Although it would be the fourth version of “A Star is Born,” Heather Parry wanted to be a part of the production upon learning that acclaimed actor Bradley Cooper would be directing. Parry, then the president of Live Nation Productions, was never one to miss a good opportunity. It was a wise decision considering that the film turned out to be one of the biggest American movies of 2018.
Parry would have this drive for success since she was in her early 20s, when she worked for MTV News. She would rise through the ranks in the television channel, ultimately becoming its bureau chief on the West Coast. After her departure from MTV, she joined Adam Sandler’s production company, further advancing her interest in the large and small screen. In late 2015, she became president of the film and television production division of Live Nation Entertainment, which is known for producing live musical events.
Parry’s recent success stories include “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story,” a documentary on rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs. Another documentary, “Five Foot Two,” was based on Lady Gaga, who would subsequently be cast in “A Star is Born.” This would be the first major film acting role for the young singer and songwriter. It would also mark the directorial debut for Cooper. Parry was no stranger to remakes, with “The Longest Yard” reviving the 1974 comedy. However, remakes can be successful on their own, as would be the fourth version of a drama that followed the difficult relationship between an established entertainer and a newcomer.
The original production of “A Star is Born” premiered in 1937. Two films of the same name were subsequently released 17 and 39 years later. Although the 1937 film was only able to recoup about twice its production budget, the 2018 version has already brought in more than $400 million, more than 10 times what it cost to make. The latest version received eight Academy Award nominations, winning an Oscar in the category of best original song.