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Features  Published 06/18/11 11:15am

People Who Went to Penn: Wendy Finerman

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It's Saturday and hopefully you're off doing whatever it is that Street's planned for you this weekend, but if you need that extra push to try something new, this Penn alum should provide just the right dose of inspiration.

After graduating from Wharton in 1982, Wendy Finerman strolled straight past Wall Street, taking instead the road less traveled by. And that has made all the difference. Finerman scored a career in TV and film production, and now she's best known for winning an Oscar for Forrest Gump.

Finerman is also the mastermind behind The Devil Wears Prada, and her other projects include Stepmom, Drumline, as well as Fairy Tale, for which she won a BAFTA.

Moral of the story: Life is a box of chocolates. Try new things and become a Hollywood producer.

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