Lived in NYC variously as a student, artist, and filmmaker
Showed one of her first "exhibitions" at the Whitney Museum in NYC
Short film writing, producing, and directing debut, "Set-Up" (a 20-minute-long Columbia student project)
Posed for a Gap advertisement
Served as script supervisor for "Union City"
First feature as co-writer/co-director (with Monty Montgomery), "The Loveless"; feature debut for star Willem Dafoe
Feature acting debut (as Kathy Bigelow), Lizzie Borden's "Born in Flames"
Moved to Los Angeles, CA
Landed development deal with producer-writer-director Walter Hill (who had been impressed by "The Loveless")
Solo directorial debut (also co-wrote with Eric Red), "Near Dark"
Directed Jamie Lee Curtis in "Blue Steel"
Helmed "Point Break" with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze; first collaboration with then-husband James Cameron (executive produced)
TV directing debut, helmed second hour of sci-fi miniseries "Wild Palms" (ABC)
Directed futuristic film "Strange Days," co-scripted and produced by ex-husband James Cameron
Re-teamed with Eric Red to write the thriller "Undertow" (Showtime)
Helmed a two-part episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC); directed a third episode in 1999
Directed feature adaptation of Anita Shreve's novel "The Weight of Water"
Directed Harrison Ford in "K-19: The Widowmaker"; also produced
Directed Iraq war thriller "The Hurt Locker," written by former <i>Playboy</i> journalist Mark Boal; screened at festivals in 2008
Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Director ¿ Motion Picture ("The Hurt Locker")
Nominated for the 2009 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film ("The Hurt Locker")
Became first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director (for "The Hurt Locker")
Directed "Zero Dark Thirty," a drama based on the hunt for Osama bin Laden; re-teamed with writer Mark Boal