My Favorite Authors, Writers & Directors

by rose77 | created - 04 Dec 2010 | updated - 17 Apr 2016 | Public

1. Fay Weldon

Writer | She-Devil

Fay Weldon was born on September 22, 1931 in Worcester, England as Franklin Birkinshaw. She is a writer, known for She-Devil (1989), Puffball: The Devil's Eyeball (2007) and Menace (1970). She has been married to Nicolas P Fox since June 1994. She was previously married to Ronald Weldon and Ronald ...

Born 22 September 1931

2. Jack Hill

Writer | Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told

Jack Hill grew up around movies--his father was a designer for the Disney studios and Warner Brothers. He went to the University of California to study film, where he was a classmate of Francis Ford Coppola--they worked together on student productions and later both apprenticed with Roger Corman, ...

Born 28 January 1933

3. Garry Marshall

Director | Pretty Woman

Garry Marshall was born on November 13, 1934 in New York City, New York, USA as Garry Kent Maschiarelli. He was a writer and producer, known for Pretty Woman (1990), The Princess Diaries (2001) and Happy Days (1974). He was married to Barbara Marshall. He died on July 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, ...

4. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...

5. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...

Born 7 April 1939

6. Wes Craven

Writer | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on ...

Born 2 August 1939

7. Nora Ephron

Writer | Julie & Julia

Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood (1983), ...

Born 19 May 1941

8. John Irving

Writer | The Cider House Rules

John Irving was born on March 2, 1942 in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA as John Wallace Blunt Jr. He is a writer and actor, known for The Cider House Rules (1999), The Door in the Floor (2004) and The World According to Garp (1982). He has been married to Janet Turnbull since 1987. They have one child....

Born 2 March 1942

9. Penny Marshall

Actress | Laverne & Shirley

Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall on October 15, 1943 in the Bronx, New York. The Libra was 5' 6 1/2", with brown hair and green eyes. She was the daughter of Marjorie (Ward), a tap dance teacher, and Anthony "Tony" Marshall, an industrial film director. She was the younger sister of ...

10. Steve Martin

Writer | Roxanne

Steve Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, USA as Stephen Glenn Martin to Mary Lee (née Stewart; 1913-2002) and Glenn Vernon Martin (1914-1997), a real estate salesman and aspiring actor. He was raised in Inglewood and Garden Grove in California. In 1960, he got a job at the Magic ...

11. John Lithgow

Actor | 3rd Rock from the Sun

If "born to the theater" has meaning in determining a person's life path, then John Lithgow is a prime example of this truth. He was born in Rochester, New York, to Sarah Jane (Price), an actress, and Arthur Washington Lithgow III, who was both a theatrical producer and director. John's father was ...

12. Warren Skaaren

Writer | Batman

A graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas. Served as first commissioner of the Texas Film Commission from 1970.

Born 9 March 1946

13. Robert Englund

Actor | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Veteran character actor Robert Englund was born in Glendale, California, to Janis (MacDonald) and John Kent Englund, an aeronautics engineer. Since 1973, Robert has appeared in over 75 feature films and starred in four TV series. He has starred alongside Oscar-winners Henry Fonda, Susan Sarandon ...

14. Meredith Baxter

Actress | All the President's Men

Meredith Baxter was born on June 21, 1947 in South Pasadena, California, USA as Meredith Ann Baxter. She is an actress, known for All the President's Men (1976), Family Ties (1982) and A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story (1992). She has been married to Nancy Locke since December 8, 2013. She...

Born: Meredith Ann Baxter June 21, 1947 in South Pasadena, California, USA

15. Stephen King

Writer | Maximum Overdrive

Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947, at the Maine General Hospital in Portland. His parents were Nellie Ruth (Pillsbury), who worked as a caregiver at a mental institute, and Donald Edwin King, a merchant seaman. His father was born under the surname "Pollock", but used the last name ...

Born 21 September 1947

16. Teri Garr

Actress | Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Teri Garr can claim a career in show business by birthright. She was born in Lakewood, Ohio, the daughter of Eddie Garr (born Edward Leo Gonnoud), a Broadway stage and film actor, and Phyllis Garr (née Emma Schmotzer), a dancer. Her maternal grandparents were Austrian, and her father was of Irish ...

17. John Hughes

Writer | Planes, Trains & Automobiles

John Hughes was born on February 18, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as John Wilden Hughes Jr. He was a writer, known for Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), The Breakfast Club (1985) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). He was married to Nancy Ludwig. He died on August 6, 2009 in Manhattan, ...

Born 18 February 1950

18. Robert Zemeckis

Writer | Back to the Future

A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...

Born 14 May 1951

19. Bob Gale

Writer | Back to the Future

Bob Gale is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter-producer-director, best known as co-creator, co-writer and co-producer of Back to the Future (1985) and its sequels. Gale was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Cinema from the University of Southern ...

Born 25 May 1951

20. Tom Fontana

Writer | St. Elsewhere

Tom Fontana was born on September 12, 1951 in Buffalo, New York, USA. He is an Emmy Award winning writer and producer, known for Copper (2012), Borgia (2011), Oz (1997), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and St. Elsewhere (1982). He was twice married to Sagan Lewis, before her death in 2016.

Born 12 September 1951

21. Michael Pollan

Producer | Cooked

Michael Pollan was born on February 6, 1955 in Long Island, New York, USA. He is a producer, known for Cooked (2016), Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014) and Food, Inc. (2008). He has been married to Judith Belzer since September 6, 1987. They have one child.

Born: February 6, 1955 in Long Island, New York, USA

22. Gilbert Gottfried

Actor | Aladdin

At the young age of 15, Gilbert Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City and, after a few short years, became known around town as "the comedian's comedian". After spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, producers of the legendary NBC late-night ...

23. Carrie Fisher

Actress | Star Wars

Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 in Burbank, California, to singers/actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She was an actress and writer known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return ...

24. David Sedaris

Writer | Exit 57

David Sedaris was born in Johnson City, New York; his father's job caused them to move to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he grew up. David is the second in a family of six children, and is the sibling of actress Amy Sedaris. Attending such schools as Duke University and Kent State University, he ...

Born: David Raymond Sedaris December 26, 1956 in Johnson City, New York, USA

25. Fred Stoller

Actor | Fred & Vinnie

Frederick "Fred" Stoller (born March 19, 1965) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, voice artist, and comedian. He is best known for his frequent guest starring as Gerard on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). He has also made guest appearances on several additional TV series...

26. Tim Burton

Producer | Edward Scissorhands

Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was ...

Born 25 August 1958

27. Renny Harlin

Director | Die Hard 2

Born in 15 March 1959 as Renny Lauri Mauritz Harjola, he is the most successful Finnish film director in the history of Hollywood.

Harlin started his career in film business in the beginning of 1980s when he was directing commercials and company films for companies like Shell. Later he worked as a ...

Born 15 March 1959

28. Lee Daniels

Producer | Precious

Lee Daniels gave his parents an early Christmas present when he entered the world on December 24, 1959; unfortunately, the Philadelphia native was to have a difficult relationship with his police officer father who later reacted violently to his son's sexuality. Despite the brutality of his ...

Born: December 24, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

29. Christopher Ciccone

Madonna: Truth or Dare

Christopher Ciccone was born on November 22, 1960 in Bay City, Michigan, USA as Christopher G. Ciccone. He is known for his work on Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991), Twisted (2015) and Madonna: The Girlie Show - Live Down Under (1993).

30. Amy Sedaris

Actress | Puss in Boots

Amy Sedaris was born on March 29, 1961 in Endicott, New York, USA as Amy Louise Sedaris. She is an actress and writer, known for Puss in Boots (2011), Strangers with Candy (1999) and Elf (2003).

31. Michael J. Fox

Actor | Back to the Future

Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Phyllis Fox (née Piper), a payroll clerk, and William Fox. His parents moved their 10-year-old son, his three sisters, Kelli Fox, Karen, and Jacki, and his brother Steven, to Vancouver, British Columbia, ...

32. Baz Luhrmann

Writer | Moulin Rouge!

Baz Luhrmann is an Australian writer, director, and producer with projects spanning film, television, opera, theatre, music, and recording industries. He is regarded by many as a contemporary example of an auteur for his distinctly recognizable style and deep involvement in the writing, directing, ...

Born: Mark Anthony Luhrmann September 17, 1962 in New South Wales, Australia

33. Steven Soderbergh

Director | Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to ...

Born 14 January 1963

34. Marc Maron

Actor | Maron

For over fifteen years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio and television. A legend in the stand-up community, he has appeared on HBO, Conan, Letterman, his two Comedy Central Presents specials and almost every show that ...

35. Rob Lowe

Actor | St. Elmo's Fire

Rob Lowe was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Barbara Lynn (Hepler), a schoolteacher, and Charles Davis Lowe, a lawyer. His brother is actor Chad Lowe. He has German, as well as English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Lowe's family moved to Dayton, Ohio, when he was a child. Rob broke ...

36. Rosie Perez

Actress | White Men Can't Jump

Rosie Perez was born in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City to Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano, a merchant marine. She is of Puerto Rican descent. Rosie attended Grover Cleveland High School located in Ridgewood, Queens, New York, and later enrolled at Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, ...

37. Todd Glass

Actor | Rebound

Solidly ensconced in the 30-40 demographic, comedian Todd Glass may now be considered ineligible to be labeled a wunderkind-but he certainly was one, having launched his career in comedy at age 16. Since that precocious start, the Philadelphia native has developed into a polished performer with a ...

Born: December 16, 1964, Philadelphia, PA

38. Robert Rodriguez

Producer | El mariachi

Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent.

Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York (1981), none ...

Born 20 June 1968

39. Aisha Tyler

Actress | Death Sentence

Aisha Tyler, born September 18, 1970, is an American talk-show host, actress, comedian, author, producer, writer, and director. She is known for portraying Andrea Marino in the first season of Ghost Whisperer (2005), voicing Lana Kane in Archer (2009), and portraying Mother Nature in the Santa ...

41. Mindy Kaling

Actress | The Office

Mindy Kaling was born on June 24, 1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Vera Mindy Chokalingam. She is an actress and producer, known for The Office (2005), Inside Out (2015) and Wreck-It Ralph (2012).



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