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Also Known As: Randa Jo Haines Died:
Born: February 20, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: director, actor, screenwriter, script supervisor

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Former off-off Broadway actress and script supervisor, and a graduate of the AFI's Directing Workshop for Women, whose student film, "August/September", won her a writing job on the TV series "Family" in the late 1970s. Haines then directed several episodes of "Hill Street Blues", "Knots Landing" and "Tucker's Witch", as well as "Under This Sky", a PBS historical epic starring Irene Worth; "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall", starring Geraldine Fitzgerald; and the award-winning drama about incest, "Something About Amelia" (1984). Haines' feature debut, "Children of a Lesser God" (1986), was based on Mark Medoff's Tony award-winning drama about a dedicated speech teacher (William Hurt) and the stubborn deaf woman (Marlee Matlin) with whom he falls in love; the film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Her second film, "The Doctor" (1991), again starred Hurt, this time as a callous heart surgeon humanized by his own hospitalization for cancer. Haines had less popular success with the sometimes endearing but uneven study of the friendship of two older men, "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway" (1993).

Former off-off Broadway actress and script supervisor, and a graduate of the AFI's Directing Workshop for Women, whose student film, "August/September", won her a writing job on the TV series "Family" in the late 1970s. Haines then directed several episodes of "Hill Street Blues", "Knots Landing" and "Tucker's Witch", as well as "Under This Sky", a PBS historical epic starring Irene Worth; "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall", starring Geraldine Fitzgerald; and the award-winning drama about incest, "Something About Amelia" (1984).

Haines' feature debut, "Children of a Lesser God" (1986), was based on Mark Medoff's Tony award-winning drama about a dedicated speech teacher (William Hurt) and the stubborn deaf woman (Marlee Matlin) with whom he falls in love; the film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Her second film, "The Doctor" (1991), again starred Hurt, this time as a callous heart surgeon humanized by his own hospitalization for cancer. Haines had less popular success with the sometimes endearing but uneven study of the friendship of two older men, "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway" (1993).

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  Outsider, The (2002) Director
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  Dance With Me (1998) Director
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  Doctor, The (1991) Director
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  Something About Amelia (1984) Director
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  Just Pals (1982) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Calling the Shots (1988) Herself
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Raised in New York
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Acted in off-off Broadway productions
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Work with film students at the School of Visual Arts led to her choosing to work behind the camera
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Worked at small film production company where she bought props, edited sound effects and became script supervisor (for almost ten years)
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Directed and co-wrote student film, "August/September" (based on parts of a Doris Lessing novel) which led to her being hired as a writer for TV series, "Family"
1979:
Directing debut for TV historical epic, "Under This Sky" (for PBS)
1984:
Helmed the acclaimed TV-movie "Something About Amelia", which dealt with father-daughter incest
1986:
Directed first feature, "Children of a Lesser God", starring William Hurt and Marlee Matlin
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Co-founded with Todd Black, Randa Haines/Todd Black Productions
1991:
Reteamed with Hurt for "The Doctor", about a medic suffering with cancer
1993:
Helmed "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway"
1998:
Directed the light but enjoyable "Dance With Me"
2002:
Produced "Antwone Fisher" directed by and starring Denzel Washington
2006:
Directed Matthew Perry in "The Ron Clark Story" (TNT); earned a nomination from the Directors Guild of America
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Education

Directing Workshop for Women, American Film Institute: Los Angeles , California - 1975
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1975

Notes

"I'm always drawn to stories about characters who are somewhat isolated inside themselves by their inability to communicate in some way."--Randa Haines ("New York Times," August 16, 1991)

"You're always balancing what you see in your head and what everybody is capable of giving you with the fact that the sun is going down, there are only so many days in the schedule and someone's in a bad mood. At the moment the camera rolls, everything has to be operating a its best. The actors have to feel the most nourished and stimulted . Your will is the driving energy."--Randa Haines on directing ("People Magazine Extra," Spring 1991)

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