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Also Known As: Lasse Hallstrom, Lars Sven Hallstrm Died:
Born: June 2, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sweden Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, director of photography, editor

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A popular director of drama-tinged comedies, Lasse Hallström segued from Swedish television and directing virtually all of ABBA's music videos to forging a fairly successful Hollywood career without abandoning his European sensibilities. Hallström emerged onto the international scene with "My Life as a Dog" (1985), which earned him a pair of Oscar nominations while opening the doors to American audiences. He made his U.S. debut with the underwhelming family dramedy "Once Around" (1991) before hitting his stride with the critically acclaimed "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993). After stumbling a bit with "Something to Talk About" (1995), Hallström entered his most fruitful phase with beautifully crafted adaptations of "The Cider House Rules" (1999) and "Chocolat" (2000), both of which put him back into Academy Award contention. From there, he stumbled again with the disappointing adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's "The Shipping News" (2001), before hitting bottom with "An Unfinished Life" (2005) and "Casanova" (2005). Following the appreciated, but little-seen docudrama "The Hoax" (2007), Hallström finally had the box office hit he was waiting for with the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' "Dear John"...

A popular director of drama-tinged comedies, Lasse Hallström segued from Swedish television and directing virtually all of ABBA's music videos to forging a fairly successful Hollywood career without abandoning his European sensibilities. Hallström emerged onto the international scene with "My Life as a Dog" (1985), which earned him a pair of Oscar nominations while opening the doors to American audiences. He made his U.S. debut with the underwhelming family dramedy "Once Around" (1991) before hitting his stride with the critically acclaimed "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993). After stumbling a bit with "Something to Talk About" (1995), Hallström entered his most fruitful phase with beautifully crafted adaptations of "The Cider House Rules" (1999) and "Chocolat" (2000), both of which put him back into Academy Award contention. From there, he stumbled again with the disappointing adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's "The Shipping News" (2001), before hitting bottom with "An Unfinished Life" (2005) and "Casanova" (2005). Following the appreciated, but little-seen docudrama "The Hoax" (2007), Hallström finally had the box office hit he was waiting for with the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' "Dear John" (2010). Having demonstrated an impressive flair for adapting material and drawing award-worthy performances from his actors, Hallström was noted for crafting emotionally wrought films that were deftly devoid of sentimentality.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Safe Haven (2013)
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  Dear John (2010)
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  Hoax, The (2006)
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  Casanova (2005) Director
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  Shipping News, The (2001) Director
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  Chocolat (2000) Director
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  Cider House Rules, The (1999) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 World of Film (1993)
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1956:
Began directing short films at age 10, including a three-minute documentary about Gotland Island
1967:
Filmed documentary short in high school about school friends forming a rock band broadcast on Swedish TV
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Spent about ten years making film inserts, mostly on music groups for Swedish TV; handled much of shooting and editing
1968:
Helmed first full-length TV program "Shall We Dance?"
1972:
Began shooting promotional film clips (forerunners of music videos) for Swedish band ABBA
1975:
Feature directorial debut, "A Guy and a Gal/En Kille och en Tjej"
1977:
Filmed documentary concert film "ABBA: The Movie"
1985:
First film to gain international recognition, "My Life as a Dog"; received Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay; also earned a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures from the DGA
1991:
American feature debut, as writer-director of "Once Around"
1993:
Helmed "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," starring Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio; also executive produced
1995:
Directed romantic comedy "Something to Talk About," starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid
1999:
Directed feature adaptation of John Irving's novel "The Cider House Rules"; earned Best Director Academy Award nomination
2000:
Directed Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche in "Chocolat"; also featured wife Lena Olin
2001:
Helmed film adaptation of award-winning novel "The Shipping News"
2005:
Directed "An Unfinished Life," featuring Jennifer Lopez and Robert Redford
2005:
Directed Heath Ledger as the fabled romantic in "Casanova"
2007:
Directed "The Hoax," a fact-based drama starring Richard Gere as a bogus biographer of Howard Hughes
2010:
Helmed feature adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel "Dear John"
2012:
Directed Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt in "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," based on novel by Paul Torday
2013:
Directed romantic drama "Safe Haven," based on novel by Nicholas Sparks
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Notes

With his second Oscar nomination for "The Cider House Rules", Hallstrom became the first director to receive nominations as Best Director for both a foreign-language picture (1987's "My Life as a Dog") and an English-language one.

"Television was my film school." --Hallstrom on his training experiences while working in Swedish TV (from the press material for "Once Around")

"Lasse has huge respect for actors. He's extremely collaborative, and he's interested in characters that are multidimensional, that you can act with and take out to an edge and yet are wholly believable. He gets uniformly spectacular performances." --producer Leslie Holleran quoted in The New York Times, December 3, 2000.

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wife:
Lena Olin. Actor. Married on March 18, 1994; had son from prior relationship; mother of Hallstrom's daughter Tora; first worked together on "Chocolat" (2000).

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son:
Johan Hallstrom. Born c. 1976; mother, Hallstrom's first wife.
step-son:
August Ramberg. Son of Lena Olin and Orjan Ramberg.
daughter:
Tora Hallstrom. Born c. 1995; mother, Lena Olin.

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