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Born: December 2, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Profession: Director ...
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1945:
Spent her first seven years traveling around the American South and Midwest with her father's carnival, Magic Empire Shows (date approximate)
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Worked as a waitress for 12 years; one employer was the International House of Pancakes
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Worked as film editor before forming own company, Rock 'n' Reel; produced and directed promotional films for the music industry
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Worked on two Lily Tomlin specials in the 1970s; first professional association with writer (and future "Saturday Night Live" producer) Lorne Michaels
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Produced seven short films directed by Albert Brooks for "Saturday Night Live"
1979:
First feature as producer, Albert Brooks' documentary spoof, "Real Life"
1981:
Produced, directed, wrote screenplay and provided additional photography for "The Decline of Western Civilization", an acclaimed documentary feature about the LA punk scene
1984:
Directed first narrative feature, "Suburbia"
1986:
Provided the screenplay for "Summer Camp Nightmare/The Butterfly Revolution"
1988:
Directed the quasi-sequel documentary, "The Decline of Western Civilization Part II, The Metal Years"
1989:
Worked in the recording industry as an A&R exec, a high-profile talent scout; signed her first band--Grave Danger--to MCA Records
1989:
TV directing debut, "Thunder and Mud", a cable pay-per-view special featuring female mud wrestling set to LA-based rock bands
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Joined the staff of the hit sitcom "Roseanne" during its secong season to serve as story editor
1989:
Co-directed "Decade", an MTV special about 1980s trends
1990:
Feature acting debut, "Wedding Band"
1991:
TV fiction directing debut, "Prison Stories: Women on the Inside" on "HBO Showcase"; directed the segment entitled "New Chicks"
1991:
Network TV directing debut, "Visitors From the Unknown", a CBS reality-based special about extraterrestrial encounters
1992:
Directed her commercial breakthrough, the surprise blockbuster comedy, "Wayne's World", from the popular "SNL" sketches
1993:
Created, executive produced, directed the pilot and sometimes provided the story for "Danger Theatre", a short-lived Fox Adventure spoof
1993:
Directed the comedy "The Beverly Hillbillies," a feature adaptation of the classic TV show
1994:
Directed the feature adaptation "The Little Rascals," based on the classic theatrical "Our Gang" short subject series and successful TV series
1996:
Directed the comedy "Black Sheep," starring SNL alum Chris Farley and David Spade
1998:
Helmed the documentary "The Decline of Western Civilization Part III," which gives an accurate picture of homeless teenagers living off the streets of L.A.
2001:
Helmed "We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll," a documentary on Ozzfest, the rock extravaganza produced by Sharon Osbourne
2003:
Helmed "The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron" a documentary on the rise and fall of the Enron company, as seen from the perspective of employee Brian Cruver
2005:
Directed the comedy "The Kid & I," starring Tom Arnold and Joe Mantegna

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