- Amy Heckerling
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Amy Heckerling (born
May 7, 1954) is an American film director, one of the few female directors to have produced multiple box-office hits.
Heckerling was born in
The Bronxto a bookkeeper mother and a certified public accountant father. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/22/Amy-Heckerling.html Amy Heckerling Biography (1955?-) ] ] She attended the High School of Art and Designin Manhattanand studied film at New York University, [Donadoni, Serena. [http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=143 "Hormonal pyrotechnics 101: Amy Heckerling on life, love and other high-school explosives."] , " Metro Times", July 26, 2000. Accessed February 10, 2008. "Few filmmakers are as in touch with their inner teenager as Amy Heckerling, even if her own experience is diametrically opposed to those of the California teens in her best films. The Bronx native attended the High School of Art and Design in nearby Manhattan, where she focused on photography, and eventually moved on to New York University to study film."] where one of her teachers was noted screenwriter and satirist Terry Southern. She received her master's degree from the AFI Conservatory.
Heckerling's first film, "
Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982), about Los Angelesteenagers, was praised for the strong female characters played by Phoebe Cates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and others. (The film also led to a short-lived series on CBSin the 1985-1986 season called " Fast Times", which Heckerling produced.) Heckerling's next film was a parody of gangsterfilms, " Johnny Dangerously" (1984), starring Michael Keaton, Marilu Henner, and Joe Piscopo, with fast talking characters familiar from 1930s screwball comedy. She directed the second of the " Vacation" films, " National Lampoon's European Vacation" (1985) with Chevy Chaseand Beverly D'Angelo.
She again had a massive hit with "
Look Who's Talking" (1989), which starred John Travoltaand Kirstie Alleyraising a baby voiced by Bruce Willis. Many critics panned it, but it pleased audiences enough to warrant two sequels, the first of which (" Look Who's Talking Too" (1990)) Heckerling also directed.
Heckerling wrote and directed an adaptation of
Jane Austen's " Emma", putting the story in another fictional Los Angeles high school, to produce "Clueless" (1995). In addition to making Alicia Silverstonea star, it was another box office hit. ManyFact|date=December 2007 considered the film a "turn of the century" rarity for its new fashion innovation of plaid, knee-high socks, and pastel colors; and also for its up and coming technology showcasing the wide use of cellular phones and pagers, which in 1995, were mostly used by the rich and not the common folk. It would be another five years before Heckerling produced "Loser" (2000), a romantic college comedy with Jason Biggsand Mena Suvari. It was not successful at the box office.
Heckerling's most recent project was the romantic comedy "
I Could Never Be Your Woman", starring Michelle Pfeifferand Paul Rudd, which did not receive a theatrical release in the United States. Heckerling also directed an early episode of the NBC version of "The Office".
Films directed by Heckerling
Getting It Over With" (1977)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982)
Johnny Dangerously" (1984)
National Lampoon's European Vacation" (1985)
Look Who's Talking" (1989)
Look Who's Talking Too" (1990)
I Could Never Be Your Woman" (2007)
List of New York University people
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