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Also Known As: Cameron B Crowe Died:
Born: July 13, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Palm Springs, California, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, magazine writer

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After having been the youngest contributing writer in the history of Rolling Stone magazine, Cameron Crowe parlayed his early success into a filmmaking career that included some of the seminal relationship movies of the 1980s and 1990s. Crowe spent his unusual adolescence as a music reviewer and writer for several prominent magazines, including Creem and Playboy. But when Rolling Stone left the West Coast for New York, he stayed put and wrote a book about his undercover high school experiences, which was turned into the seminal teenage comedy, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982), for which he wrote the script. He soon followed up with his feature debut as a director with "Say Anything" (1989), a surprisingly mature and insightful teenage romantic comedy that stood apart and atop from all the others in the genre. Following a look into the love lives of grunge-era twenty-somethings in "Singles" (1992), Crowe had a huge critical and commercial hit with "Jerry Maguire" (1996), which boasted one of Tom Cruise's finest performances and inducted the catchphrase "Show me the money!" into the cultural lexicon. Drawing upon his early experiences as a traveling music journalist for "Almost Famous" (2000),...

After having been the youngest contributing writer in the history of Rolling Stone magazine, Cameron Crowe parlayed his early success into a filmmaking career that included some of the seminal relationship movies of the 1980s and 1990s. Crowe spent his unusual adolescence as a music reviewer and writer for several prominent magazines, including Creem and Playboy. But when Rolling Stone left the West Coast for New York, he stayed put and wrote a book about his undercover high school experiences, which was turned into the seminal teenage comedy, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982), for which he wrote the script. He soon followed up with his feature debut as a director with "Say Anything" (1989), a surprisingly mature and insightful teenage romantic comedy that stood apart and atop from all the others in the genre. Following a look into the love lives of grunge-era twenty-somethings in "Singles" (1992), Crowe had a huge critical and commercial hit with "Jerry Maguire" (1996), which boasted one of Tom Cruise's finest performances and inducted the catchphrase "Show me the money!" into the cultural lexicon. Drawing upon his early experiences as a traveling music journalist for "Almost Famous" (2000), Crowe enjoyed his greatest critical praise, as well as an Academy Award for his screenplay. Though he stumbled with the New Age-y "Vanilla Sky" (2001) and the critically panned "Elizabethtown" (2005), Crowe had already firmly established himself as a hero of Gen-X moviegoers who appreciated his personalized, character-driven films.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Union, The (2011)
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  Elizabethtown (2005) Director
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  Vanilla Sky (2001) Director
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  Almost Famous (2000) Director
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  Jerry Maguire (1996) Director
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  Singles (1992) Director
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  Say Anything (1989) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Welcome to Hollywood (1998) (Cameo Appearance)
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 Singles (1992) Club Interviewer
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 American Hot Wax (1978)
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 Back in the U.S. (2002) Featuring
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 Beatles Revolution, The (2000) Interviewee
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Raised in San Diego, CA
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Began journalism career at age 15, eventually writing on freelance basis for such publications as <i>Playboy, Circus, Creem</i> and <i>Penthouse</i>
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Joined staff of <i>Rolling Stone</i> at age 16; worked as contributing and associate editor; wrote profiles on Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton, among others
1979:
Returned to high school (undercover) to do research for book on teenagers; result was top-selling "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"; optioned by Universal Studios in galley form with Crowe slated to write screenplay
1982:
Feature writing debut, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
1984:
First film as co-producer (also writer), "The Wild Life"
1986:
Served as creative consultant for CBS comedy series "Fast Times"
1986:
Wrote album notes for Bob Dylan's "Biograph"; earned Grammy nomination
1989:
Feature directorial debut, "Say Anything"; also wrote
1990:
Wrote album notes for a boxed set of recordings by Led Zeppelin
1992:
Wrote and directed ensemble dramedy "Singles"
1996:
Breakthrough feature as writer-director with "Jerry Maguire" with Tom Cruise in the starring role; earned Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay
1997:
Signed three-year, first-look deal with DreamWroks SKG
2000:
Wrote and directed the autobiographical "Almost Famous," based on his years as a teen reporter for <i>Rolling Stone</i>; earned Best Original Screenplay Academy Award
2001:
Reteamed with Tom Cruise in "Vanilla Sky," a remake of the 1997 Spanish film "Abre los ojos"
2005:
Wrote and directed the feature "Elizabethtown," a dramedy starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst
2011:
Directed first feature in six years, "We Bought a Zoo" starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson; also co-wrote screenplay with Aline Brosh McKenna
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Education

California State University, San Diego: San Diego , California -

Notes

"John Cusack once told me while making 'Say Anything' that my writing is not easy to act. The key is to play it as if it is real life ... and real life is not easy to act because real life is mostly boring." --Crowe in "The 'Jerry Maguire' Journal", Rolling Stone, December 26, 1996-January 9, 1997.

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wife:
Nancy Wilson. Singer, guitarist, songwriter. With her sister, was part of the rock group, Heart; co-wrote and performed one song from soundtrack album for "Say Anything"; wrote the score for "Jerry Maguire".

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mother:
Alice Marie Crowe.
sister:
Cynthia Webber. Born in October 1956; reportedly estranged from Alice Crowe: Cameron Crowe has said that he made "Almost Famous" in the hopes of promoting a reconciliation between his mother and sister.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" Simon & Schuster
"Conversations With Wilder"

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