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Born: August 17, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Haven, Connecticut, USA Profession: Director ...
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Raised in New Haven, Connecticut
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Acted with a local theater company in Connecticut
1968:
Wrote and produced daily children's TV show, "Magic Tom" in Canada
1972:
Wrote, produced, directed and edited the documentary "David: Off and On", about her brother
1973:
Edited, produced, wrote and directed "Old Fashioned Woman", a documentary portrait of her octogenarian grandmother
1975:
Feature film debut, the semi-autobiographical, pseudo-documentary, "Not a Pretty Picture", about date rape; produced, wrote, directed, edited and starred
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Helped start the Association of Independent/Video and Filmmakers
1976:
As American Film Institute/Academy intern, worked with Robert Wise on his film, "Audrey Rose"
1978:
Worked on rock and roll love story, "Photoplay" for Coppola's Zoetrope Studio (project abandoned when studio began its collapse c. 1980)
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Returned to work on Canadian television
1983:
Breakthrough feature, "Valley Girl" starring Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman
1985:
First big budget ($13 million) Hollywood film, "Real Genius"
1986:
Helmed the pilot for the ABC sitcom "Sledge Hammer!"
1989:
TV-movie directing debut, "Trenchcoat in Paradise"
1991:
Won acclaim for her direction of "Rambling Rose"; real-life mother and daughter co-stars Laura Dern and Diane Ladd received Oscar nominations for their performances
1992:
Helmed the well-received made-for-cable movie "Crazy in Love" (TNT)
1993:
Steered the uneven film version of "Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers", an semi-autobiographical look at the author's upbringing based on his Pulitzer-winning play
1994:
Appeared as a security guard in "Beverly Hills Cop III"
1995:
Directed the family drama "Three Wishes", starring Al Pacino and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
1997:
Helmed the feature comedy "Out to Sea", starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau
1999:
Directed the HBO biopic "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge", produced by and starring Halle Berry; received Emmy nomination
2000:
Helmed one segment of the tripart "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (HBO), examining the lesbian experience in America
2001:
Helmed "The Ponder Heart" for PBS
2002:
Directed episodes of the hit HBO series, "Sex and the City"
2004:
Directed Julia Stiles in the romatic comedy "The Prince and Me"
2005:
Directed the short-lived series, "Related" (WB)
2006:
Directed sisters Hilary and Haylie Duff in the comedy "Material Girls"

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