Raised in New Haven, Connecticut
Acted with a local theater company in Connecticut
Wrote and produced daily children's TV show, "Magic Tom" in Canada
Wrote, produced, directed and edited the documentary "David: Off and On", about her brother
Edited, produced, wrote and directed "Old Fashioned Woman", a documentary portrait of her octogenarian grandmother
Feature film debut, the semi-autobiographical, pseudo-documentary, "Not a Pretty Picture", about date rape; produced, wrote, directed, edited and starred
Helped start the Association of Independent/Video and Filmmakers
As American Film Institute/Academy intern, worked with Robert Wise on his film, "Audrey Rose"
Worked on rock and roll love story, "Photoplay" for Coppola's Zoetrope Studio (project abandoned when studio began its collapse c. 1980)
Returned to work on Canadian television
Breakthrough feature, "Valley Girl" starring Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman
First big budget ($13 million) Hollywood film, "Real Genius"
Helmed the pilot for the ABC sitcom "Sledge Hammer!"
TV-movie directing debut, "Trenchcoat in Paradise"
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
Helmed the well-received made-for-cable movie "Crazy in Love" (TNT)
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
Appeared as a security guard in "Beverly Hills Cop III"
Directed the family drama "Three Wishes", starring Al Pacino and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Helmed the feature comedy "Out to Sea", starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau
Directed the HBO biopic "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge", produced by and starring Halle Berry; received Emmy nomination
Helmed one segment of the tripart "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (HBO), examining the lesbian experience in America
Helmed "The Ponder Heart" for PBS
Directed episodes of the hit HBO series, "Sex and the City"
Directed Julia Stiles in the romatic comedy "The Prince and Me"
Directed the short-lived series, "Related" (WB)
Directed sisters Hilary and Haylie Duff in the comedy "Material Girls"