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Birth Place: Profession: director, producer

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Former documentary filmmaker who made a polished and powerful dramatic feature debut with "Smooth Talk" (1985), a disturbing tale about a teenage girl's sexual awakening and intense mother-daughter conflict which boasted a fine central performance by Laura Dern. Though replaced by James Bridges on her next picture, "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988), Chopra recovered with the ensemble piece, "The Lemon Sisters" (1989), starring Diane Keaton, Carol Kane and Kathryn Grody, about childhood friends from Atlantic City trying to make it as singers.

Former documentary filmmaker who made a polished and powerful dramatic feature debut with "Smooth Talk" (1985), a disturbing tale about a teenage girl's sexual awakening and intense mother-daughter conflict which boasted a fine central performance by Laura Dern. Though replaced by James Bridges on her next picture, "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988), Chopra recovered with the ensemble piece, "The Lemon Sisters" (1989), starring Diane Keaton, Carol Kane and Kathryn Grody, about childhood friends from Atlantic City trying to make it as singers.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Replacing Dad (1999) Director
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  L.A. Johns (1997) Director
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  Convictions (1997) Director
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  My Very Best Friend (1996) Director
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  Baby Snatcher (1992) Director
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  Danger of Love, The (1992) Director

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Involved in founding of folk music coffee house, The Club 47 (featuring then unknown Joan Baez)
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Made prize-winning film in collaboration with Richard Leacock, "A Happy Mother's Day"
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Produced and directed a number of documentaries including "Joyce at 34" (1972), "Girls at 12" (1975), "Martha Clark Light and Dark: A Dancer's Journal" (1980) and "Music Lessons," before making first feature
1982:
Produced "Medal of Honor Rag" for TV's American Playhouse from Tom Cole's stage play
1985:
Fiction feature directing debut, "Smooth Talk"
1987:
Began directing "Bright Lights, Big City" in the spring but replaced by James Bridges; with Chopra went other "Smooth Talk" collaborators: cinematographer Jim Glennon (replaced by Gordon Willis) and writer Tom Cole, whose script was replaced by an adaptation by the novel's author, Jay McInerney
1989:
Directed "The Lemon Sisters", co-starring Diane Keaton, Carol Kane and Kathryn Grody
1991:
Returned to TV to direct the based-on-fact "Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story" (CBS)
1992:
Helmed another based-on-fact tale of romance and murder, "The Danger of Love" (CBS), based on the story of Carolyn Warmus who murdered her lover's wife
1993:
Directed episodes of the CBS drama series "Angel Falls"
1994:
Helmed "The Corpse Had a Familiar Face", a CBS TV-movie based on the experiences of MIAMI HERALD reporter Edna Buchanan (played by Elizabeth Montgomery)
1995:
Reteamed with Montgomery for "Deadline For Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan" (CBS)
1997:
Guided Blair Brown in the based-on-fact "Convictions" (Lifetime), about a woman who became a campaigner for victims' rights after the murder of her son
1999:
Directed the A&E thriller "Murder in a Small Town", starring Gene Wilder
1999:
Helmed the CBS TV-movie "Replacing Dad"
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Education

Brandeis University: Waltham , Massachusetts -
The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -

Notes

"Chopra's narrative style, which draws authentic, seductive performances from Dern and (Treat) Williams, is not show and tell but observe and discover. It is the style of a director in no hurry to prove she can do everything at once". ("Time" Magazine, March 24, 1986)

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husband:
Tom Cole. Screenwriter. Wrote screenplay for "Smooth Talk".

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