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Also Known As: Mark Stephen Waters Died:
Born: June 30, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: director, writer, actor

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Though he earned his place atop the Hollywood food chain directing mainstream comedies with teenybopper Lindsay Lohan in the leads, director Mark S. Waters started his career with "House of Yes" (1997), a dark comedy about incest and obsession. While a movie that pokes fun at incest might not be the surest path to fame and glory, "House of Yes" did earn Waters plenty of critical kudos and recognition at film festivals, particularly Sundance, where star Parker Posey won the 1997 Best Acting Award. Waters soon learned, however, that art and commerce stand in stark opposition, existing outside and sometimes despite each other, a realization that led him to make standard Hollywood fare before dipping his t back into darker waters.

Though he earned his place atop the Hollywood food chain directing mainstream comedies with teenybopper Lindsay Lohan in the leads, director Mark S. Waters started his career with "House of Yes" (1997), a dark comedy about incest and obsession. While a movie that pokes fun at incest might not be the surest path to fame and glory, "House of Yes" did earn Waters plenty of critical kudos and recognition at film festivals, particularly Sundance, where star Parker Posey won the 1997 Best Acting Award. Waters soon learned, however, that art and commerce stand in stark opposition, existing outside and sometimes despite each other, a realization that led him to make standard Hollywood fare before dipping his t back into darker waters.

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  Just Like Heaven (2005) Director
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  Mean Girls (2004) Director
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  Freaky Friday (2003) Director
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  Head Over Heels (2001) Director
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  House of Yes, The (1997) Director

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Worked as an actor and theater director in San Francisco after college
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Returned to school to work towards his MFA in directing
1997:
Directorial debut, "The House of Yes" starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Parker Posey; also adapted the screenplay
2000:
First foray into TV with "Warning: Parental Advisory" (VH1) starring Jason Priestly and Mariel Hemingway; about the 1985 Senatorial hearings on indecency in music
2001:
Second directorial attempt, "Head Over Heels," again starring Freddie Prinze Jr.
2003:
Returned to the big screen to direct the remake of Disney's "Freaky Friday" starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan
2004:
Re-teamed with Lindsay Lohan for the comedy "Mean Girls"; scripted by SNL alumni Tina Fey (also co-starred)
2005:
Directed the romantic comedy "Just Like Heaven" starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo
2008:
Helmed the fantasy film, "The Spiderwick Chronicles" based on the series of children's books by Holly Black
2009:
Directed the romantic comedy, "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"
2009:
Produced the romantic comedy, "500 Days of Summer"
2011:
Directed Jim Carrey in the live-action comedy, "Mr. Popper's Penguins"
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Education

University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania - 1986
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1992
AFI Conservatory: Los Angeles , California - 1994

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