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Also Known As: Helen Catherine Hardwicke Died:
Born: October 21, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: McAllen, Texas, USA Profession: director, writer, production designer, art director

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A prolific art director and production designer in the 1980s and 1990s, Catherine Hardwicke made an impressive leap to the director's chair with 2003's harrowing "Thirteen." Inspired by the turbulent life of an ex-boyfriend's teenage daughter, the indie drama about a young girl's descent into a dangerous lifestyle was widely praised by critics and audiences alike for its gritty honesty. Hardwicke followed this with "Lords of Dogtown" (2005), an unsentimental look at teen skateboarders in the early eighties. In 2008, she tackled the biggest project of her directorial career with "Twilight," a Gothic romance about a schoolgirl's budding relationship with a young, brooding vampire. Despite the fantastical nature of the subject matter, Hardwicke brought her trademark realism to the project; a combination that was the key to her status as one of Hollywood's most challenging and independent-minded directors.

A prolific art director and production designer in the 1980s and 1990s, Catherine Hardwicke made an impressive leap to the director's chair with 2003's harrowing "Thirteen." Inspired by the turbulent life of an ex-boyfriend's teenage daughter, the indie drama about a young girl's descent into a dangerous lifestyle was widely praised by critics and audiences alike for its gritty honesty. Hardwicke followed this with "Lords of Dogtown" (2005), an unsentimental look at teen skateboarders in the early eighties. In 2008, she tackled the biggest project of her directorial career with "Twilight," a Gothic romance about a schoolgirl's budding relationship with a young, brooding vampire. Despite the fantastical nature of the subject matter, Hardwicke brought her trademark realism to the project; a combination that was the key to her status as one of Hollywood's most challenging and independent-minded directors.

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  Plush (2013)
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  Twilight (2008)
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  Lords of Dogtown (2005) Director
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  Thirteen (2003) Director
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  Suburbia (1996) 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)

CAST: (feature film)

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 Finding Joe (2011)
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Moved to California to study at UCLA┬┐s Film School
1990:
Worked as art director on "Mr. Destiny," a movie about a former baseball player who gets a second chance
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Served as production designer for such films as "Tombstone" (1993) starring Kurt Russell, "Mad City" (1997) starring John Travolta and "The Newton Boys" (1998) starring Matthew McConaughey
2001:
Was a production designer for "Vanilla Sky" starring Tom Cruise
2003:
Made directorial debut with "Thirteen"; co-written with Nikki Reed, who also starred in the film; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay
2005:
Directed the fictionalized version of "Lords of Dogtown," based on skate legends Jay Adams, Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta and inspired by the popular documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys"; penned by Stacy Peralta
2006:
Directed the biblical film "The Nativity Story" with Keisha Castle-Hughes as the Virgin Mary
2008:
Directed the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling book, "Twilight"
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Education

University of Texas: Austin , Texas -
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

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