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Also Known As: Michael S Lehmann, Michael Lehman Died:
Born: March 30, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, producer

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Lehmann began his Hollywood career working for Francis Ford Coppola at Zoetrope Studios, supervising video cameras on "One From the Heart" (1982) and "The Outsiders" (1983). He returned to film school at USC where he directed the acclaimed short film "The Beaver Gets a Boner." Lehmann also provided a short, "Ed's Secret Life," for NBC's "Saturday Night Live." The success of these shorts led to a production deal with New World Pictures and his first feature directing assignment, "Heathers" (1989). Working from Daniel Waters' sardonic script, Lehmann fashioned a black comedy that dealt with high school cliques, teen alienation, suicide and murder. "Heathers" greatly improved the career standings of its leads, Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, and future "bad girl" Shannen Doherty (who was featured as one of the eponymous princesses) .

Lehmann began his Hollywood career working for Francis Ford Coppola at Zoetrope Studios, supervising video cameras on "One From the Heart" (1982) and "The Outsiders" (1983). He returned to film school at USC where he directed the acclaimed short film "The Beaver Gets a Boner." Lehmann also provided a short, "Ed's Secret Life," for NBC's "Saturday Night Live." The success of these shorts led to a production deal with New World Pictures and his first feature directing assignment, "Heathers" (1989). Working from Daniel Waters' sardonic script, Lehmann fashioned a black comedy that dealt with high school cliques, teen alienation, suicide and murder. "Heathers" greatly improved the career standings of its leads, Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, and future "bad girl" Shannen Doherty (who was featured as one of the eponymous princesses) .

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  Flakes (2007)
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  40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) Director
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  My Giant (1998) Director
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  Airheads (1994) Director
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  Hudson Hawk (1991) Director
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  Meet the Applegates (1991) Director
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  Heathers (1988) Director

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1982:
Worked for Francis Ford Coppola at Zoetrope Studios supervising experimental video systems
1983:
Returned to school at USC to study filmmaking
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Directed short films "The Beaver Gets a Boner" and "Ed's Secret Life" (the latter for NBC's "Saturday Night Live")
1989:
Feature film directing debut, "Heathers"
1991:
First credit as screenwriter "Meet the Applegates", co-written with Redbeard Simmons
1991:
Directed first studio-backed film, "Hudson Hawk"
1992:
TV directing debut "The Larry Sanders Show" (date approximate)
1994:
First producing credit, "Ed Wood" (as executive producer)
1996:
Directed "The Truth About Cats and Dogs", a modern-day spin on "Cyrano de Bergerac"
2002:
Helmed the romantic comedy "40 Days and 40 Nights", starring Josh Hartnett
2004:
Directed the short-lived HBO series, "The Comback" starring Lisa Kudrow
2006:
Directed episodes of the HBO series, "Big Love"
2007:
Directed the romantic comedy "Because I Said So" starring Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore
2007:
Helmed the quirkycomedy, "Flakes" co-starring Aaron Stanford and Zooey Deschanel
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Education

University of California, Berkeley: Berkeley , California -
Columbia University: New York , New York -
University of Tubingen: -
School of Visual Arts: New York , New York -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California - 1985

Notes

"You have to be a meglomaniacal asshole to be able to spend $60 million and blow up things and Michael just doesn't have it in him. He kind of just felt the whole process was uncivilized. There is no Napoleon in Michael Lehmann." --screenwriter Dan Waters on Lehmann and "Hudson Hawk" in GQ, October 1995.

"Of all the people in my career who I think I have helped and been supportive of and been there for, the only person I think I let down in my life is Michael Lehmann" --Joel Silver quoted in GQ, October 1995.

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