Who's Who: Entertainment Industry Biographies


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Steven Spielberg

Director, Producer. b. Cincinnati, OH, Dec. 18, 1946.
e. California State College. m. actress Kate Capshaw. Made home movies as child; completed first film with story and actors at 12 yrs. old in Phoenix. At 13 won film contest for 40-min. war movie, Escape to Nowhere. At 16 made 140-min. film, Firelight. At California State Coll. made five films. First professional work, Amblin' led to a contract with Universal Pictures at age 20. In 1984, formed his own company, Amblin Entertainment, headquartered at Universal Studios. Received Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, 1987; American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, 1995.

Parterned with David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg to form independent film company DreamWorks SKG in 1995.

After an 11-year run, co. execs sold DreamWorks SKG to Paramount Pictures in 2006. The transaction included more than $1 billion in cash and the assumption of DreamWorks' debt. Spielberg signed an employment contract to continue directing for the studio, which will continue producing films under the DreamWorks label. The Walt Disney Company, Disney will handle marketing and distribution of the studio's films around the world, except for India where Reliance subsidiary Reliance Big Entertainment will retain distribution rights. Other Honorary Awards: Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award, 1990, American Cinematheque Award 1989, American Film Institute,Life Acievement Award, 1995, American Society of Cinematographers, Board of Governors Award 1994, Art Directors Guild, Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award 2006, DGA Lifetime Achievement Award 2000, International Emmy Awards, Founders Award 2006, National Board of Review, USA Billy Wilder Award 2001, Society of Camera Operators Governors Award 1995.

Received Golden Globe, Cecil B. DeMille Award 2008. Lifetime Achievement Award from Visual Effects Society 2008.

PICTURES: Director: The Sugarland Express (debut, 1974; also story, WGA nom. 1975), Jaws (DGA nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1976), Close Encounters of The Third Kind (also s.p.; Academy Award nom. for dir., DGA nom.; 2 Golden Globe noms.; WGA nom. 1978.), 1941, Raiders of the Lost Ark (Academy Award nom.; DGA nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1982), E.T. The Extra- Terrestrial (also co-prod.; 2 Academy Award noms. for dir. & picture, DGA nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1982), Twilight Zone\-The Movie (sequence dir.; also exec. prod.), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Color Purple (also co-prod.; Academy Award nom. for picture, DGA Award, Golden Globe nom. 1986), Empire of the Sun (also co-prod. DGA nom. 1988), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Always (also co-prod.), Hook, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List (also co-prod.; 2 Academy Awards for Best Director & Picture, 1993; DGA Award, Golden Globe & Natl. Society of Film Critics Awards for director; NY Film Critics, LA Film Critics, Natl. Board of Review. Natl. Society of Film Critics), The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Amistad (also prod., DGA nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1998), Saving Private Ryan (also prod.; Academy Award for Best Director, 1 other nom.; DGA Award, Golden Globe Award 1999), The Unfinished Journey, Artificial Intelligence: AI (also writer & prod., Golden Globe nom. 2002), Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal (also prod.), Taken, War of the Worlds, Munich (also prod., 2 Academy Award noms. Best Picture; Academy Award nom. Best Director, DGA nom.; Golden Globe nom. 2006), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Adventures of Tintin (also prod., virtual camera op.), War Horse (also prod), Lincoln (also prod.), Robopocalypse (also prod.). Executive producer: I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Used Cars, Continental Divide, Gremlins, Goonies (also writer), Back to the Future, Young Sherlock Holmes, The Money Pit, An American Tail, Innerspace, batteries not included, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Land Before Time, Tummy Trouble (short), Dad, Back to the Future II, Joe Versus the Volcano, Yume (int'l. version), Back to the Future III, Roller Coaster Rabbit (short), Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Arachnophobia, Trail Mix-Up (short), We're Back: A Dinosaur's Story, I'm Mad (short), The Flintstones (as Steven Spielrock), Casper, Balto, Twister, The Lost Children of Berlin (documentary), Men In Black, Deep Impact, The Mask of Zorro, The Last Days (doc.), Eyes of the Holocaust (doc.), Jurassic Park III, Price for Peace, Men in Black II, The Talisman, Legend of Zorro, Monster House, Disturbia, Transformers: The Movie, Jurassic Park IV, Spell Your Name (doc.), Eagle Eye, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Lovely Bones, Hereafter, True Grit, Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Cowboys & Aliens, Transformers, Real Steel, Men in Black III. Producer: An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, Memoirs of a Geisha, Flags of our Fathers, Red Sun, Black Sand, Letters from Iwo Jima (Academy Award nom. 2007), Transformers, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Old Boy (also dir.), Lincoln (also dir.), The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (also dir.), True Grit, Cowboys & Aliens. Writer: Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies, Poltergeist (also prod.). Actor: The Blues Brothers, Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones.

TELEVISION: Movies: Director: Columbo: Murder by the Book, Duel, Something Evil, The Savage File. Executive producer: A Wish for Wings That Work (short), SeaQuest DSV, Tiny Toons Spring Break, Tiny Toon Adventures: Night Ghoulery (Emmy nom. 1995), A Pinky & the Brain Christmas Special (Emmy Award 1996), Semper Fi, Dan Finnerty & the Dan Band: I Am Woman, Falling Skies (prod., pilot), Locke & Key (exec. prod.). Mini-series: Director: Strokes of Genius. Executive producer: Band of Brothers (Emmy Award 2002), Taken (Emmy Award 2003), Nine Lives, Into the West (Emmy nom. 2006), The Talisman, The Pacific (Emmy Award 2010). Series: Executive producer: Steven Spielberg Presents...Tiny Toon Adventures (also writer/developer; Emmy Award, 1991,), The Plucky Duck Show, Family Dog, Animaniacs (also writer/several episodes, 3 Emmy noms.), SeaQuest 2032, ER, Pinky and the Brain (2 Emmy Awards, 1 other nom.), Freakazoid! (Emmy Awards1997), HIgh Incident, Toonsylvania, Pinky Elmyra & the Brain (2 Emmy Awards), On The Lot (exec. prod.), The United States of Tara (writer, consult. prod.), Falling Skies, Terra Nova (part 1), Smash. Documentaries/Specials: Executive producer: Shooting War (also editor), We Stand Alone Together (Emmy nom. 2002), Broken Silence, Burma Bridge Busters, Warner at War (narr. only), Rebuilding Ground Zero (series).

Guest: More than 231 appearances.

Meryl Streep

Actress. r.n. Mary Louise Streep. b. Summit, NJ, June 22, 1949.
e. Vassar. Acted for a season with traveling theatre co. in VT. Awarded scholarship to Yale Drama School, 1972.

NY stage debut: Trelawny of the Wells (1975) with New York Shakespeare Fest. Appeared in 1984 documentary In Our Hands.

THEATRE: Off-B'way: 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (Theatre World Award), A Memory of Two Mondays, Secret Service, Henry V, (NY Shakespeare Fest.), Measure for Measure (NYSF), The Cherry Orchard, Happy End (B'way debut, 1977), The Taming of the Shrew (NYSF), Taken in Marriage, Alice in Concert, Isn't It Romantic?

PICTURES: Julia (debut, 1977), The Deer Hunter (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1979), Manhattan, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, Kramer vs. Kramer (Academy Award, best supporting actress, Golden Globe Award, 1983), The French Lieutenant's Woman (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe Award 1982), Still of the Night, Sophie's Choice (Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, 1982), Silkwood (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1984), Falling in Love, Plenty, Out of Africa (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1986), Heartburn, Ironweed (Academy Award nom. 1988), A Cry in the Dark (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1989), She- Devil (Golden Globe nom. 1990), Postcards From the Edge (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1991), Defending Your Life, Death Becomes Her (Golden Globe nom. 1993), The House of the Spirits, The River Wild (Golden Globe nom. 1995), The Bridges of Madison County (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1996), Before and After, Marvin's Room (Golden Globe nom. 1997), One True Thing (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1999), Antz (voice), Dancing at Lughnasa, Music of the Heart (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 2000), Artificial Intelligence: AI (voice), Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows, The Papp Project, The Hours (Golden Globe nom. 2003), Adaptation (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe Award 2003), The Manchurian Candidate (Golden Globe nom. 2005), Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Prime, The Devil Wears Prada (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe Award 2007), A Prairie Home Companion, Ant Bully (voice), The Ant Bully (voice), Dark Matter, Evening, Rendition, Lions for Lambs, The Last Station, First Man, Dirty Tricks, Mamma Mia! (also soundtrack performer, Golden Globe nom. 2009), A Question of Mercy, Julie & Julia (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe Award 2010), Doubt (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 2009), The Fantastic Mr. Fox (voice), It's Complicated (Golden Globe nom. 2010), The Iron Lady, Great Hope Springs.

TELEVISION: Movies: Secret Service, The Deadliest Season, Uncommon Women...And Others, Alice at the Palace, First Do No Harm (Emmy nom.; Golden Globe nom. 1997). Mini-series: Holocaust (Emmy Award, 1978). Angels in America (Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award 2004). Series: Web Therapy. Documentaries/Specials (PBS): Secret Service, Uncommon Women and Others, Age 7 in America (host), Freedom: A History of Us.

Guest: More than 186 appearances.

George Clooney

Actor, Producer, Director. b. Lexington, KY, May 6, 1961.
e. Northern KY Univ. Father is TV newscaster-host Nick Clooney. Nephew of late singer Rosemary Clooney.

PICTURES: Return to Horror High, Return of the Killer Tomatoes, Red Surf, Unbecoming Age, The Harvest, One Fine Day, Full Tilt Boogie, From Dusk Till Dawn, Batman and Robin, The Peacemaker, The Thin Red Line, Out of Sight, South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut (voice), Three Kings, The Perfect Storm, O Brother-Where Art Thou (Golden Globe Award 2001), Spy Kids, Welcome to Collinwood, Ocean’s Eleven, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Solaris, Intolerable Cruelty, Criminal (prod.), Oceans Twelve (also exec. prod.), The Jacket (prod./exec. prod.), Syriana (Academy Award, Golden Globe Award 2006, also prod.), Tishomingo Blues (exec. prod.), A Confederacy of Dunces (exec. prod.), Leatherheads (dir.), Rumor Has It (prod.), Goodnight, and Good Luck (2 Academy Award nom., 2 Golden Globe nom.; DGA nom.; WGA nom. 2006, actor, prod., dir., writer), PU-239, (exec. prod.), A Scanner Darkly (exec. prod.), Michael Clayton (also prod., Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 2007), The Good German, Wind Chill (exec. prod.), Oceans Thirteen (also prod.), Leatherheads (also prod., dir., writer: s.p.), Burn After Reading, Fantastic Mr. Fox (voice), The Men Who Stare at Goats (also prod.), Up in the Air (Academy Award nom.; Golden Globe nom. 2010), The Informant! (exec. prod.), The American (also prod.), The Descendants, The Ides of March (also prod., dir., s.p.), The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Gravity. Documentary: Playground (exec. prod.).

TELEVISION: Movies: Playmate Pajama Party, Fail Safe. Series: The Facts of Life, Roseanne, Sunset Beat, Baby Talk, Sisters, Bodies of Evidence, ER (3 Golden Globe nom 1996-1998, 2 Emmy noms. 1995, 1996), K Street (exec. prod. only), Unscripted (exec. prod.,dir.), Memphis Beat (exec. prod.). Specials: America: A Tribute to Heroes, Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief (host, exec. prod.).

Guest: More than 227 appearances.