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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 December 1949Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameNancy Jane Meyers
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nancy Meyers was born on December 8, 1949 in Pennsylvania, USA as Nancy Jane Meyers. She is a writer and producer, known for The Holiday (2006), Something's Gotta Give (2003) and The Parent Trap (1998). She was previously married to Charles Shyer.

Spouse (1)

Charles Shyer (1980 - 1999) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (9)

Daughter of Irving Meyers and Patricia Meyers.
Annie and Hallie in The Parent Trap (1998) are named after Meyers daughters
Children (with Charles Shyer before their marriage): Annie Meyers-Shyer and Hallie Meyers-Shyer.
She was originally a development executive. She met her ex-husband, Charles Shyer, when she was helping develop a script he had written. They eventually began writing and producing together.
Since the success of What Women Want (2000) and Something's Gotta Give (2003), she is very sought after as a writer and director. She is particularly in demand because she writes great parts in hit movies for adults.
She wrote for a TV show based on a Goldie Hawn film (Private Benjamin (1980)) and, a few years later, wrote a film starring Goldie Hawn (Protocol (1984)).
Has surpassed Penny Marshall as the highest-grossing female director.
Ex-daughter-in-law of Melville Shyer.
Directed one Oscar nominated performance: Diane Keaton in Something's Gotta Give (2003).

Personal Quotes (14)

There's a hardening of the culture. Reality TV has lowered the standards of entertainment. You're left wondering about the legitimacy of relationships. It's probably harder to entertain the same people with a more classic form of writing, and romantic comedies are a classic genre.
I'm no actor. And I wasn't like George Lucas or Spielberg, making home movies as a teenager, either. But I would go back and watch certain movies again and again. By the time I saw 'The Graduate' I was aware of how these amazing stories could be told.
I don't want to be known as the one who makes movies for older people.
I've always been blessed with confidence. I am a glass-half-full person. My first movie, 'Private Benjamin,' got turned down by every studio until the very last one, but I just kept thinking, 'Why are you people not seeing that this is a hit movie? What is wrong with you?'
Movies don't look hard, but figuring it out, getting the shape of it, getting everybody's character right and having it be funny, make sense and be romantic, it's creating a puzzle. Yes, having been a writer for so long, I have an awareness of when things are going awry, but it doesn't mean I know how to fix them.
I don't diet, I don't do fads, I've just decided to not eat carbs. So no more bread and pasta for the month. I can't live without chocolate, though. I've always got a bar in my handbag. It has to be 72%. Any less and it's too sweet, any more and it's inedible. Like I said, I'm very particular.
I don't shoot movies quickly because I get a lot of coverage and a lot of angles, so we have all the pieces in the editing. I do a lot of takes, but it's because I'm looking for something.
Being part of a team helped me so much. I know the fact that there was a man in the room with me all those years made the medicine go down. I had made the companies money. I didn't have to start, like a lot of women, from ground zero. My path was not the same as a woman starting out by herself.
I wasn't the kind of kid like Spielberg or Lucas who knew to go to film school. I didn't know at 12 what I was going to do; it took me until I was about 23. I studied journalism in college, but after school, I got a job in public television and I never worked as a journalist for one moment.
We don't want to be our own niche. We're filmmakers like everybody. How many years in a row are we going to talk about the fact that we make films and we are women? Enough already.
Like most struggling writers trying to get their scripts commissioned, I had to do something odd to pay the rent. So, aged 21, I started up my own small cheesecake company in Philadelphia.
I really wanted to be a writer.
My movies are not messed with by the studios.
I like to eat meals I will remember. Otherwise, what's the point?

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