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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 27 November 1951San Carlos, California, USA
Birth NameKathryn Ann Bigelow
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be criticized by people like Richard Serra, Robert Rauschenberg and Susan Sontag. Later she earned a scholarship to study film at Columbia University School of Arts, graduating in 1979. She was also a member of the British avant garde cultural group, Art and Language. Kathryn is the only child of the manager of a paint factory and a librarian.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Home Skully

Spouse (1)

James Cameron (17 August 1989 - 1991) (divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Frequently casts Tom Sizemore
Often uses first person perspectives (Wire trip scenes in Strange Days (1995) and the chase scenes in Point Break (1991)).
Frequently uses slow motion, particularly in action scenes.

Trivia (22)

Member of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2003
Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1998.
Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990.
Received a Dallas Star award from the AFI Dallas film festival in 2009.
The American Cinematheque honored Bigelow by showing all of her films at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, June 5-7 2009.
From July 1st to July 13th, 2009, the Harvard Film Archive hosted a retrospective of Bigelow's career, showing all of her films from 1982's The Loveless (1981) to 2008's The Hurt Locker (2008). The retrospective was titled "Take It To The Edge: The Films Of Kathryn Bigelow" and featured a Question and Answer session with Bigelow.
Ex-sister-in-law of Mike Cameron.
The 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival hosted 'A Celebration of Kathryn Bigelow', which featured a retrospective of her work.
First woman to win the Director's Guild of America Award for directing a feature film (for The Hurt Locker (2008)).
Taught at the California Institute of the Arts.
In 2010, she became the first woman in Oscar history to win the Best Director award.
First woman to win a BAFTA Award for Best Director.
When she sent an unfinished short feature to Columbia University's film school, director Milos Forman then also serving as a professor there, found it impressive enough to offer Bigelow a scholarship. She graduated from Columbia in 1979.
Was the fourth woman to be nominated for the Directing Academy Award. The other three were: Lina Wertmüller, Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola. Bigelow ended up becoming the first woman to win the award.
Competed with ex-husband James Cameron for the Best Director Oscar in 2010. This marked the first time that (ex-)spouses were nominated alongside each other in this category. She went on to win the award.
One of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World (2010).
Kathryn Bigelow has works in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection, including Near Dark (1987), a 1987 feature-length film, and her personal paper archive. In summer 2011, she will be the subject of a comprehensive retrospective.
Bigelow's Best Director Oscar statuette for The Hurt Locker (2008) was presented to her by Barbra Streisand, the only woman ever to have won the Golden Globe for Best Director. (7 March 2010 / Kodak Theatre).
Hung out with Susan Sontag and Philip Glass when she first came to New York City in the 1970. She and Glass even collaborated on a business venture where they bought old loft places in Soho and Tribeca, renovated them and then sold them. Bigelow says she was often the one who sanded the floors.
As of 2013, Bigelow has directed 2 actors to Academy Award-nominated performances: Jeremy Renner (Best Actor, The Hurt Locker (2008)), and Jessica Chastain (Best Actress, Zero Dark Thirty (2012)).
Directed 2 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Jeremy Renner and Jessica Chastain.
She visited Argentina to promote the movie The Hurt Locker (2008) in Mar del Plata International Film Festival, which this movie opened the mentioned festival. [November 2008]

Personal Quotes (8)

If there's specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can't change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies. It's irrelevant who or what directed a movie, the important thing is that you either respond to it or you don't. There should be more women directing; I think there's just not the awareness that it's really possible. It is.
[About her 1995 film, Strange Days (1995)] If you hold a mirror up to society, and you don't like what you see, you can't fault the mirror. It's a mirror. I think that on the eve of the millennium, a point in time only four years from now, the clock is ticking, the same social issues and racial tensions still exist, the environment still needs reexamination so you don't forget it when the lights come up. Strange Days (1995) is provocative. Without revealing too much, I would say that it feels like we are driving toward a highly chaotic, explosive, volatile, Armageddon-like ending. Obviously, the riot footage came out of the LA riots. I mean, I was there. I experienced that. I was part of the cleanup afterwards, so I was very aware of the environment. I mean, it really affected me. It was etched indelibly on my psyche. So, obviously, some of the imagery came from that. I don't like violence. I am very interested, however, in truth. And violence is a fact of our lives, a part of the social context in which we live. But other elements of the movie are love and hope and redemption. Our main character throws up after seeing this hideous experience. The toughest decision was not wanting to shy away from anything, trying to keep the truth of the moment, of the social environment. It's not that I condone violence. I don't. It's an indictment. I would say the film is cautionary, a wake-up call, and that I think is always valuable.
I always want to make films. I think of it as a great opportunity to comment on the world in which we live. Perhaps just because I just came off The Hurt Locker (2008) and I'm thinking of the war and I think it's a deplorable situation. It's a great medium in which to speak about that. This is a war that cannot be won, why are we sending troops over there? Well, the only medium I have, the only opportunity I have, is to use film. There will always be issues I care about.
You cast not for marquee value but for performance and talent. The right actor for the part. Anything else is a compromise.
[on The Hurt Locker (2008)] War's dirty little secret is that some men love it. I'm trying to unpack why, to look at what it means to be a hero in the context of 21st-century combat.
Usually what happens is there will be an urgency, and then I can do nothing else but that. [But] events like this [bin Laden's killing] only come along once or twice in a millennium.
[on Zero Dark Thirty (2012)] I feel we got it right. I'm proud of the movie, and I stand behind it completely. I think that it's a deeply moral movie that questions the use of force. It questions what was done in the name of finding Bin Laden.
Once you've opened the window on topical material, its very hard to close it. Holding up a contemporary mirror is more attractive to me now than ever.

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