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The most recent Curtis Hanson biography is published on the main page.

Biography #2 (for In Her Shoes)

Curtis Hanson produced, co-wrote and directed L.A. Confidential, which received nine Academy Award nominations, including three personal nominations for Hanson for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Screenplay Based on Another Medium, winning the Oscar in this last category.

Hanson produced and directed 8 Mile, and Wonder Boys, which also received several Oscar nominations, winning for Best Song. His next film is Lucky You, a Warner Bros. movie set in the world of high stakes poker, starring Drew Barrymore, Eric Bana and Robert Duvall.

Hanson's other directing credits are The River Wild, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Bad Influence and The Bedroom Window, which he also wrote. His addi­tional screenplay credits include White Dog, Never Cry Wolf and The Silent Partner.

Hanson is also a noted champion of film preservation. He has served as the Chairman of the UCLA Film and Television Archive since 1999 and was the first recipient of the Film Preservation Award bestowed by the Film Foundation and the Directors Guild of America in 2003.

Bio courtesy Fox for "In Her Shoes" (16-Oct-2005)

Biography #3

Producer-director Curtis Hanson began his career as a screenwriter. His writing credits include the multiple award-winning Canadian feature The Silent Partner, White Dog (co-written with director Sam Fuller) and Never Cry Wolf.

In 1987, Hanson directed his screenplay for The Bedroom Window. He followed this by directing two more contemporary thrillers, Bad Influence and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, and the Meryl Streep action-adventure film The River Wild.

Most recently, Hanson directed, produced and co-wrote (with Brian Helgeland) the screenplay for L.A. Confidential, based on the epic crime novel by James Ellroy. In addition to winning 1997 Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger), the film won the Best Adapted Screenplay Award from the Writers Guild of America as well as Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay awards from such associations as the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. In fact, it was the first film ever to win Best Picture and Best Director from every major critics organization.

Hanson is also very interested in film preservation and for the last year has served as the Chairman of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

updated 19-Aug-2002