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Born: July 27, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St Louis, Missouri, USA Profession: Director ...
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Thomas' nickname on the set of "Dream On" was 'The Midnight Queen' "alluding to the long hours cast and crew members put in when she's helming." --From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, December 7, 1993

"I didn't know much about the show. I'd seen it a couple of times in reruns. And my boyfriend's son watched it . . . He was sort of mesmerized by it. But what the kids get from watching, I still have no idea." --Thomas on "The Brady Bunch" in USA TODAY, March 7, 1995

About deciding to direct HBO's "The Late Shift": "When the best-selling book this film is based on first came out, I picked it up, but I only read a little bit of it. I just wasn't that interested. So when Ivan Reitman sent me the Bill Carter script, I was surprised that I couldn't put it down. This is very unusual. Generally, I will pick up a script and read for a while and put it down and come back, but I always worry about the script from that point on. Then my mother--who is from St Louis, doesn't know much about the business and doesn't really like late night television--read it and couldn't put it down. I knew I had to direct this project if my own mother couldn't put it down." --Betty Thomas quoted in DGA MAGAZINE, March-April 1996

"I think I have a style that's starting to emerge. It's sort of a dry, even-toned approach to comedy. I like that naturalistic approach to comedy--I don't want to lean on it [or make] it louder, I just want it there. If you think it's funny, you're gonna laugh." --Thomas in DAILY NEWS, March 5, 1997

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