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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 13 July 1957Palm Springs, California, USA
Birth NameCameron Bruce Crowe
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market. He began his writing career as a 15-year-old high-school student, with articles on music submitted to Rolling Stone magazine, and only a few years later had his first script, for Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). This movie was important for more than his career - his future wife Nancy Wilson had a small role in the film. Music remained important to him, with the rock band Pearl Jam playing a bit role in Singles (1992) well before they were "discovered". His next movie, Jerry Maguire (1996), took over five years to develop - a chance photograph of a football player and his agent was the initial inspiration. It took some 20 drafts and near terminal discouragement that he would ever get it right before the film finally made it to the screen. And this time his wife composed the music.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

Spouse (1)

Nancy Wilson (23 July 1986 - 8 December 2010) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (6)

Promised to give Eric Stoltz a part in every one of his movies
Films feature pop songs by leading acts
His films frequently contain scenes where a character sings a song in a car (John Mahoney sings "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" in Say Anything... (1989), Tom Cruise sings "Free-fallin'" in Jerry Maguire (1996), the band sings "Tiny Dancer" in Almost Famous (2000)). The one to note specifically is Cameron Diaz in Vanilla Sky (2001), who does not sing in the car but plays a CD in which she is the singer.
His films frequently have characters who are single parents
His films often feature male protagonists who are misfits or outcasts; "the uncool", as he calls them in Almost Famous (2000).
His films often revolve around a dynamic successful person who loses everything and is forced to reevaluate their lives

Trivia (26)

Early career as a journalist included 4 years as the rock music critic for the San Diego Union (the city's major daily).
Former journalist for Rolling Stone magazine.
Attended University of San Diego High School.
Attended Indio High School.
Attended San Diego City College.
His wife is Nancy Wilson from the rock group Heart.
Wrote liner notes for Peter Frampton's breakthrough album "Frampton Comes Alive".
Wrote liner notes for Led Zeppelin's "The Song Remains The Same" live record.
Often refers to the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" in his films.
Steven Spielberg did a cameo in Crowe's Vanilla Sky (2001) and Crowe did a cameo in Spielberg's Minority Report (2002); both films starred Tom Cruise.
Admires Billy Wilder very much and uses a lot of what Wilder taught him in his films. In addition, his favorite movie is Wilder's The Apartment (1960).
He and his wife have 4 springer spaniels.
He wrote the screenplay to Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) based on his book. He wrote the book after posing as a student at his old high school to see how student life had changed.
Five of the films that he directed (Say Anything... (1989), Singles (1992), Jerry Maguire (1996), Almost Famous (1996) and Elizabethtown (2005)) have scenes with characters on airplanes or walking through airports.
Wrote the liner notes for "Anthology: Through the Years" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Wrote the liner notes for "Biograph" by Bob Dylan.
Wrote the foreword for "Ready When You Are, Mr. Coppola, Mr. Spielberg, Mr. Crowe" by Jerry Ziesmer (Scarecrow Press, 2003).
Ex-brother-in-law of Ann Wilson and Lynn Wilson.
Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2006.
Wrote the liner notes for Lynyrd Skynyrd's "One More From the Road" album.
When he won his Oscar for Almost Famous (2000), he dedicated the award to "Audrey and Billy". Most people assumed this was for Audrey Hepburn and Billy Wilder but, in fact, it was for Billy Wilder and his wife Audrey Young, who were close personal friends of Cameron.
Father of twins, William James Crowe and Curtis Wilson Crowe born on January 23, 2000.
Directed 4 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kate Hudson, and Frances McDormand. Gooding won his Oscar for his performance for Jerry Maguire (1996).
(Late September 2010) Nancy Wilson filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences". She listed June 15, 2008 as their date of separation.
Writing his next movie, with an ensemble cast of eight lead roles. That script is still as-yet "Untitled". Also, writing a biopic of music producer Phil Spector, which he and Tom Cruise have long been planning to make. [July 2002]

Personal Quotes (9)

Making a big Hollywood film that really affects people is as hard as making a small movie on a credit card.
It used to be, like, the sanctity of rock was that you could never let a song of yours be used in a commercial. It was like, 'Oh man, we'll never let our music be exploited that way.' Now they'll call you up and say, 'You gotta use this song in your movie, man. It's the new VW ad! People love it.' And you realize, boy, have times changed.
I'm proudest of the fact that I've been able to make a few movies in the studio system that are slightly unorthodox and personal. But it's never quite as easy as you dream that it could be.
Little did I know that work-in-progress is a code for many things. In a press situation, it can mean the movie's not going to come out. It can mean the movie's not going to change at all, but if you don't like it we'll change it. Or it can mean the truth, which is it's a work-in-progress.
I mean, Internet radio, which is basically a guy with his iTunes putting it over the computer, is the only way you're going to get true eclectic music programmed.
I just sort of fear that everybody does it now. Everything's hip, every commercial's hip. It almost makes you want to do a Mancini-type score, because nobody's doing it. It would set itself apart more than a pop score now. So the goal was, in this movie, to try some different things. [on the score for Elizabethtown]
"You can't blame the actor [for a film's failure]. It's not math. It's like catching lightning in a bottle." On Orlando Bloom and his role in Elizabethtown (2005).
Stars arrive on their own timetable.
[on Elizabethtown (2005)] Well, people who love it, love it. And people who don't love it, they don't love it a lot. And that's fine. It always goes back to, "Why did you make that movie?" It was a pure thing for me - it's for my dad. The memories he left behind.

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