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Born: June 26, 1927 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, photographer

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New York native Jerry Schatzberg began his career as a fashion photographer, working as an assistant to Bill Helburn in the mid-1950s before branching out on his own in the late 50s and 60s. While working freelance, he also began to helm TV commercials and gradually moved to the silver screen, debuting with 1970's "Puzzle of a Downfall Child". A confusing drama about a fashion model trying to come to terms with her life, "Puzzle" starred Faye Dunaway, with whom Schatzberg had been romantically linked. Critics were dismissive of the film and its confounding structure, but the director hit pay dirt with his sophomore effort, the gripping "Panic in Needle Park" (1971). Focusing on the downward spiral into drugs of a petty crook (Al Pacino) and his girlfriend (Kitty Winn), "Panic in Needle Park" received plaudits for its unsparing look at the effects of drug use (in this case heroin) and for its dynamic leading performances. (Winn received the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award.)

New York native Jerry Schatzberg began his career as a fashion photographer, working as an assistant to Bill Helburn in the mid-1950s before branching out on his own in the late 50s and 60s. While working freelance, he also began to helm TV commercials and gradually moved to the silver screen, debuting with 1970's "Puzzle of a Downfall Child". A confusing drama about a fashion model trying to come to terms with her life, "Puzzle" starred Faye Dunaway, with whom Schatzberg had been romantically linked. Critics were dismissive of the film and its confounding structure, but the director hit pay dirt with his sophomore effort, the gripping "Panic in Needle Park" (1971). Focusing on the downward spiral into drugs of a petty crook (Al Pacino) and his girlfriend (Kitty Winn), "Panic in Needle Park" received plaudits for its unsparing look at the effects of drug use (in this case heroin) and for its dynamic leading performances. (Winn received the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award.)

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  Lumiere Et Compagnie (1996) Featured Director
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  Reunion (1989) Director
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  Clinton and Nadine (1988) Director
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  Street Smart (1987) Director
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  Misunderstood (1984) Director
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  No Small Affair (1984) Director
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  Honeysuckle Rose (1980) Director
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  Scarecrow (1973) Director

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1954:
Worked as assistant to photographer Bill Helburn
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Was freelance still photographer and director of TV commercials
1970:
Directorial debut with "Puzzle of a Downfall Child"; also provided story
1971:
Enjoyed critical success with "Panic in Needle Park", a searing study of drug addiction starring Al Pacino and Kitty Winn
1973:
Reteamed with Pacino for "Scarecrow", a road movie co-starring Gene Hackman that won the Palm d'Or at Cannes
1977:
Had minor career setback with the dreadful "Sweet Revenge"
1979:
Again enjoyed critical praise for the political drama "The Seduction of Joe Tynan", written by and starring Alan Alda
1980:
Helmed "Honeysuckle Rose", a loose remake of "Intermezzo" set in the world of country music and starring Willie Nelson
1982:
Had exhibition of photographs at Beaubourg Center in Paris
1984:
Replaced an ill Martin Ritt as director of "No Small Affair", a love story about an older woman and younger man featuring Demi Moore and Jon Cryer (in roles originally intended for Sally Field and Matthew Broderick)
1987:
Directed the intriguing if not wholly successful "Street Smart", about a journalist who fakes a story about NYC pimps and prostitutes only to have the district attorney conclude it profiled a murder suspect
1988:
Helmed the lovers on the run drama "Clinton and Nadine"; premiered at Cannes; shown on HBO in the USA
1989:
Directed the touching drama "Reunion" (scripted by Harold Pinter), about an elderly Jewish man who returns to Germany to locate a childhood friend; last feature film for 11 years
1995:
Contributed a segment to "Lumiere and Company" about a Manhattan bag lady and a trash collector
2000:
Returned to feature filmmaking as co-writer and director of "The Day the Ponies Come Back"; premiered at the Montreal Film Festival
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Education

Forest Hills High School: Forest Hills , New York -
University of Miami: Miami , Florida - 1947 - 1948

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companion:
Faye Dunaway. Actor. Had relationship from 1966 to 1968.
wife:
Maureen Kerwin. Actor.

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"Schatzberg: de la Photo au Cinema"

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