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Overview (3)

Born in Cameron, Texas, USA
Birth NameHelen Catherine Hardwicke
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Catherine Hardwicke was born on October 21, 1955 in Cameron, Texas, USA as Helen Catherine Hardwicke. She is a director and production designer, known for Thirteen (2003), Twilight (2008) and Red Riding Hood (2011).

Trivia (11)

Graduated from McAllen High School in McAllen, Texas (Class of 1973).
Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.
She was inducted into the Texas Film of Fame in March 2009 in Austin, Texas.
Her most-used phrase on set is "Let's focus, everybody." Catherine says it's because she works with many young people.
Said the first film she ever saw was a scary animated film with an evil snow queen.
Worked as an architect before pursuing a career in film.
Did not attend film school until she was in her late twenties.
Was 48 years old when she directed her first feature-length film.
Directed one Oscar-nominated performance: Holly Hunter's in Thirteen (2003).
The five films that most influenced director Catherine Hardwicke: Angelo My Love (1983) (director: Robert Duvall); Out of the Blue (1980) (director: Dennis Hopper); Heat and Sunlight (1987) (director: Rob Nilsson); Harold and Maude (1971) (director: Hal Ashby); Network (1976) (director: Sidney Lumet).
She met Nikki Reed (co writer of Thirteen) by getting her haircut by Reed's mother.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on gender inequality in Hollywood] Being quiet is not working. We can read the statistics. [2015]
[on gender inequality in Hollywood] When I had some tears on Twilight (2000), during a storm and we couldn't film, I went behind a tree in the forest, I cried for like 30 seconds and I came back and finished the day. (...) I had a $150,000-a-day pressure. Most directors scream. We've seen videos of it. They yell. They fire people. They don't come out of their trailer. Some people drink. Some people bring hookers. Everyone reacts to the extra pressure in different ways. Well, I just thought, "I'll go over there and cry for a second and come back." Someone saw, and reported it. I'm suddenly labeled "emotional." And yet, now I've learned of two instances of male directors who cried on set and they got a standing ovation, because they were so sensitive. Of course it's a double standard. Of course it's gender bias. I've never gone over budget, and my movies have made a ton of money. Still, I get labeled whatever code word they want to label me. I've had 20 movies since Thirteen (2003) that I've tried to get made. On Red Riding Hood (2011), I had to take a 57 percent pay cut right after I created a $400 million movie and a huge franchise. [2015]

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