Sagittarius Dec 12, 1946 Youngstown, Ohio Producer
Wagner was born Paula Sue Kauffman in Youngstown, Ohio. Her mother, Sue Anna, was a newsmagazine editor from Oklahoma, and her father, Edmund Jamison "Ned" Kauffman, Jr., was a business owner. Wagner began her career at Creative Artists Agency. In 1993, she launched Cruise/Wagner Productions with Tom Cruise. C/W's first film, Mission: Impossible, was an international hit that brought the company the 1997 Nova Award for Most Promising Producers. Wagner went on to produce Without Limits, Shattered Glass, Narc, The Others, Vanilla Sky, and The Last Samurai, Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible III, and Steven Spielberg's War Of The Worlds for which she was the executive producer.
Wagner paired Tom Cruise with Oliver Stone for Born on the Fourth of July, paired Val Kilmer with Stone on The Doors, and helped him cast JFK.
Wagner was co-owner and CEO of United Artists from 2006 to 2008. She is a member of the American Cinematheque’s Board of Directors and sits on the board of the National Film Preservation Foundation through the Library of Congress.