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Born: November 16, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ashland, Kentucky, USA Profession: Director ...
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Raised in Kentucky until father left family when Anders was five; mother moved her around a great deal thereafter
1967:
Was gang-raped at age 12 (date approximate)
1970:
Family settled in Los Angeles when Anders was 15; stepfather at one point pulled a gun on her (date approximate)
1970:
Was placed in a mental hospital in Los Angeles at age 15 because of suicidal feelings and a retreat into a fantasy world; depression exacerbated by, among other things, the widely circulated rumors of the death of her favorite Beatle, Paul McCartney
1972:
Dropped out of high school at age 17; headed back to Kentucky by bus to live with other relatives (date approximate)
1973:
Moved to London at age 18 to live with an English-born philosophy student she had met on the Greyhound she took to move back to Kentucky (date approximate)
1973:
Worked as a barmaid in London until she got pregnant; when lover did not want her to have baby, moved back to Los Angeles alone and supported herself and child with welfare and with work as a waitress
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Attended junior college (dates approximate)
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Returned to junior college for another two years after the birth of her second daughter (dates approximate)
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Was accepted by, and attended, UCLA's film school, beginning in the early 1980s
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Became fascinated with the films of Wim Wenders; sent the filmmaker dozens of letters, some of which were as long as 60 pages, as well as audiocassettes of music she liked; Wenders only wrote back a few times, but the two began to communicate by telephone
1984:
First feature film credit, as a production assistant on Wim Wenders' film, "Paris, Texas"
1986:
Moved to the Echo Park section of Los Angeles shortly after graduating from UCLA; supported herself and her daughters for a time with money from a screenwriting grant she had received
1987:
Feature film directorial and screenwriting debut, "Border Radio" (b&w, 16mm), co-directed and co-written with fellow UCLA film students Kurt Voss and Dean Lent
1992:
First solo directorial effort, "Gas Food Lodging", for which she also wrote the screenplay, based on a novel by Richard Peck; Lent served as director of photography
1994:
Actor Hugh Grant backed out of Anders' "Paul Is Dead" project a scant month before shooting was to start, and funding disappeared with him
1994:
Won praise for "Mi Vida Loca/My Crazy Life", her authentic picture about Latina gang members; shot film only a month after the Los Angeles riots of 1992
1995:
Awarded a MacArthur "genius" grant ($255,000)
1995:
Signed two-year deal with Miramax Films to write, produce and direct features
1995:
Helmed and scripted the "Strange Brew" segment of "Four Rooms"
1996:
Wrote and directed "Grace of My Heart", about a female singer struggling to make it in the music business in the 1950s and 1960s; executive produced by Martin Scorsese
1997:
Executive produced "Lover Girl", on which Lent was director of photography
1999:
Reteamed with Voss to co-write and co-direct the comedy-drama "Sugar Town", about a group of aging musicians; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
2001:
With Voss, co-wrote "Things Behind the Sun", a drama about a young female rock musician coping with a rape; also directed; premiered at Sundance Film Festival; sold to Showtime; inspired by events from Anders' own life

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