Jane Anderson (born c. 1954 in [New Jersey]) is an American actress-turned-award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director. She has written and directed one feature film, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005) and wrote the script for the Nicolas Cage film It Could Happen to You.
Prior to film directing, Anderson wrote and directed several critically acclaimed television movies, notably Normal (2003), starring [[Jessica Lange] and Tom Wilkinson]; The Baby Dance (1998), starring Stockard Channing and Laura Dern; The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993), When Billie Beat Bobby starring Holly Hunter; and If These Walls Could Talk 2 (segment “1961”) (2000), which won Vanessa Redgrave an Emmy Award for her portrayal of an elderly lesbian prevented from hospital visitation with her dying long-time companion.
She became a writer for the AMC television drama Mad Men for the show’s second season. She was nominated for the Writers… read more
Martha Coolidge (born August 17, 1946) is an American film director and former President of the Directors Guild of America.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Ms. Coolidge first made her reputation by directing many award winning documentaries in New York before moving out to Hollywood in 1976. She spent several years as a part of the Zoetrope Studio created by Francis Coppola. Her breakthrough film in Hollywood was the independently produced Valley Girl (1983). In that film she launched the career of Nicolas Cage. Her film Rambling Rose (1991) won three IFP Independent Spirit Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for Diane Ladd, and earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Ms. Ladd and Laura Dern (Best Actress). Rambling Rose was universally well reviewed and made virtually all the top ten lists for the year. Despite a limited release hampered by economic problems suffered by the production company the film played for months without advertising… read more
An actress who is known as much — if not more — for her offscreen life as for her onscreen performances, Anne Heche had the distinction of being one of Hollywood’s most surprising success stories and also one half of its most famous lesbian couple. Heche’s hyper-publicized former relationship with actress and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres was particularly notable — and refreshing — for its degree of openness, something that made the two women veritable poster children for gay pride in Hollywood and elsewhere.
Born in the small town of Aurora, OH, on May 25, 1969, Heche was raised as part of a fundamentalist Christian family. Her father, an itinerant choir director, was constantly running from both debt and his immediate family; the former was due to his lack of a steady job and the latter to his secret life as a gay man. Both conditions resulted in a tumultuous childhood for Heche, who began performing in dinner theatre at the age of 12 to help pay her family’s bills. Her life changed… read more