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Jeff Bezos’ fiancee Lauren Sanchez to be honored as she cements major milestone

The TV anchor got her pilot’s licence a decade ago

Lauren Sánchez attends Glamour Women of the Year 2023
Faye James
Senior Editor
January 12, 2024
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Lauren Sanchez, a prominent figure in both media and aviation, is set to receive the prestigious Elling Halvorson Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award at the 21st Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards, cementing her position as a trailblazer in the industry. 

As the founder of Black Ops Aviation, the first female-owned aerial film and production company, the 54-year-old has carved a unique path, combining her passions for storytelling and aviation into a groundbreaking career.

This accolade, which she will receive alongside luminaries such as Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise, is a testament to her contributions as a visionary in vertical flight. 

As the event's acting Executive Director, Stacey Elsner, aptly put it, "Lauren is a role model and true inspiration for so many women in aviation." 

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez turned heads at NYC Fashion Week© Paul Morigi
Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez

Jeff Bezos’ fiancee’s influence extends beyond the cockpit as she leverages her platform to inspire and encourage women's involvement in the aviation sector.

Lauren's journey began in the bustling city of Los Angeles, where she pursued a degree at the University of Southern California, thanks to a scholarship. 

Lauren Sanchez beams in photo from 2004© Getty Images
Lauren got her pilot's licence over a decade ago

Her academic achievements led her to notable stints on television shows like "Extra" and "Good Day LA," and film appearances that showcased her on-camera charisma.

However, it was the sky that called to her most profoundly. In 2011, she embraced the challenge of flight training, overcoming dyslexia to earn her pilot's license. 

Senator Chris Coons, Lauren Sánchez, and Jeff Bezos attend the ICCF U.S. Congressional International Conservation Leadership Awards Dinner at Waldorf Astoria on October 24, 2023 in Washington, DC© Getty
Senator Chris Coons, Lauren Sánchez, and Jeff Bezos attend the ICCF U.S. Congressional International Conservation Leadership Awards Dinner

Her tenacity and dedication were the catalysts for the launch of Black Ops Aviation in 2016, a move that allowed her to blend her love for film and flight in an unprecedented way.

Lauren's trailblazing spirit and prowess as a pilot have not gone unnoticed in the industry. Her consultancy on Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" and her role as an aerial producer for "Miss Bala" are just a few examples of her exceptional talent. 

Yet, it's her personal narrative—transforming from a news anchor to a pilot with a calling—that resonates with so many. 

"Only six per cent of pilots are women, and there's even less in the film industry. So I was like, I want to film movies, that's what I want to do," she shared with The Hollywood Reporter, capturing the essence of her pioneering spirit.

The influence of her father, a commercial pilot and flight instructor, cannot be overstated in shaping her path. 

Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos attend the Amazon Prime Video celebration on January 16, 2020 in Mumbai, India© Getty Images
Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos attend the Amazon Prime Video celebration

Despite the setback of being deemed too large to be a flight attendant, Lauren's resilience led her back to school, where a diagnosis of dyslexia opened the door to her true potential. 

From her days at El Camino College to her tenure at University of Southern California, her academic turnaround is nothing short of inspirational.

Lauren's personal life also took flight in a new direction when she and Jeff, bonded by a mutual love for aviation, found themselves in a whirlwind romance. 

Their relationship, which came to light amid personal transitions, has flourished, with Bezos' support for her ventures in philanthropy and film production through Adventure & Fellowship.

In the realm of film, Laurens company produced The Golden Door, marking another milestone in her diverse career. 

Her literary pursuits also soared with the release of her children's book "Flynn, The Fly Who Flew," while her ambitions in space travel hint at an all-female mission with Blue Origin, potentially launching in 2024.

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