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Also Known As: Mimi I Leder Died:
Born: January 26, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, producer, script supervisor

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Daughter of the late independent filmmaker Paul Leder, Mimi Leder was the first woman accepted to study cinematography at the American Film Institute. She began her career as a script supervisor, serving a six-year stint in that capacity for NBC's "Hill Street Blues", and performed the same duty for several TV-movies. The short film "Short Order Dreams", which she produced and directed, impressed the producers of NBC's "L.A. Law", and she made her TV directing debut with a 1986 episode of that hit series. Subsequently, Leder helmed episodes of "Crime Story" (NBC), "The Bronx Zoo" (NBC), "A Year in the Life" (NBC) and "Just in Time" (ABC), not to mention additional segments of "L.A. Law" and a half dozen TV-movies. She then served as supervising producer for "China Beach" (ABC, 1988-91), for which she also directed episodes.

Daughter of the late independent filmmaker Paul Leder, Mimi Leder was the first woman accepted to study cinematography at the American Film Institute. She began her career as a script supervisor, serving a six-year stint in that capacity for NBC's "Hill Street Blues", and performed the same duty for several TV-movies. The short film "Short Order Dreams", which she produced and directed, impressed the producers of NBC's "L.A. Law", and she made her TV directing debut with a 1986 episode of that hit series. Subsequently, Leder helmed episodes of "Crime Story" (NBC), "The Bronx Zoo" (NBC), "A Year in the Life" (NBC) and "Just in Time" (ABC), not to mention additional segments of "L.A. Law" and a half dozen TV-movies. She then served as supervising producer for "China Beach" (ABC, 1988-91), for which she also directed episodes.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Code, The (2008)
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  Pay it Forward (2000) Director
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  Deep Impact (1998) Director
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  Peacemaker, The (1997) Director
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  Woman With A Past (1994) Director
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  Baby Brokers (1994) Director
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  Innocent, The (1994) Director
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  Marked For Murder (1993) Director
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  House of Secrets (1993) Director
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  There Was a Little Boy (1993) Director

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1979:
Received credit as script supervisor on CBS docudrama "Dummy"
1980:
Served as script supervisor on Jerrold Freedman's feature "Borderline"
1981:
Worked a six-year stint as script supervisor on "Hill Street Blues"
1982:
Produced father's film "I'm Gonna Be Famous"
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Produced and directed a short film "Short Order Dreams", which impressed the producers of "L.A. Law"
1986:
TV directorial debut with an episode of "L.A. Law"
1988:
Directed NBC movie "Nigtingales", a pilot for the short-lived 1989 series of the same name
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Directed episodes of "Crime Story", "Bronx Zoo", "Just in Time", "A Year in the Life" and additional "L.A. Law" segments
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Served as supervising producer for "China Beach"; also directed episodes of the series; won first Emmy nomination
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Co-executive produced NBC's drama series "ER"; also directed episodes of the show
1997:
Feature film debut, "The Peacekeeper"
1998:
Helmed second feature, "Deep Impact"
2000:
Directed Oscar-winners Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt in "Pay It Forward"
2001:
Was one of the executive producers of "The Beast"
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Education

AFI Conservatory: Los Angeles , California -
Los Angeles City College: Los Angeles , California -
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1973 - 1975

Notes

Describing Leder's work on "ER": "Her camera had wings. I would spend 10 minutes watching a rough cut and say, 'This one belongs to Mimi Leder.'" --Steven Spielberg quoted in VANITY FAIR, September 1997

When asked if there was pressure directing DreamWorks' first film: "There was. [Long pause] There were moments when I thought, What am I doing here? But if I had thought about the fact that I was shooting a huge movie, the first DreamWorks movie, I would have become paralyzed emotionally. I didn't approach it that way. I took it scene by scene. It was the only way to do it without feeling the pressure. I'm not saying I didn't feel it." --Mimi Leder in PREMIERE, September 1997

"They [Spielberg and DreamWorks co-heads Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald] have all been very good to me. [They] have been very positive influences in my career and have been extremely supportive and encouraging. It's great when filmmakers are running a studio because it gives the filmmaker a unique dialogue that sometimes you can't have in other places where there is an executive hierarchy." --Leder to DAILY VARIETY, July 7, 1997

On the "Sentimental Journey" project that is close to her heart: "It's a testament to our parents' lives. It's about how our mother and father found each other. This is the story my father wanted to tell and now we are going to fulfil his dream." --Mimi Leder in DAILY VARIETY, July 7, 1997

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husband:
Gary Werntz. Actor. Married on February 6, 1986.

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father:
Paul Leder. Director, writer, producer. Born c. 1923 in Springfield, Massachusetts; died April 8, 1996 in L.A.
mother:
Etyl Leder. A prisoner at Auschwitz when she met her husband, a member of Patton's liberating forces.
brother:
Reuben Leder. Screenwriter, director. Older; born c. 1950.
sister:
Geraldine Leder. Casting director. Younger; born c. 1962.
daughter:
Hannah Werntz. Born c. 1986.
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