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Donald Wrye

Donald Wrye

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A film industry veteran who has been making movies since the 1960s, Donald Wrye is a director, producer, and writer to countless television films. Wrye started his long-lived career in 1969 by writing and directing the short documentary "An Impression of John Steinbeck: Writer." The introspective look on the American writer featured Henry Fonda and was nominated for Best Documentary, Short Subjects at the Academy Awards. The next year he produced a 15 minute short documentary focusing on small town life in Iowa, and the film was nominated for the same award at the Academy Awards in 1972. Wrye made the jump into television by directing the TV special about a teenager dying from a brain tumor in "Death Be Not Proud." Throughout the 1970s, he made TV movies including the drama "Born Innocent" starring Linda Blair as a young teenage runaway and the musical "The Entertainer" starring Jack Lemmon. His first major motion picture was writing and directing the Oscar nominated romantic figure skating drama "Ice Castles." In the 1980s, Wrye wrote and directed "Divorce Wars: A Love Story" starring Tom Selleck as a divorce lawyer whose own marriage falls apart. His next production was creating the mini-series "Amerika," a movie documenting what could have happened if the Soviet Union overtook the United States. After directing and producing countless TV movies, Wrye updated "Ice Castles" in 2010 with a new ensemble,

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