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Adrian Lyne

Adrian Lyne is the creative force behind some of the most talked-about movies of the late twentieth century, among them, Fatal Attraction, 9 1/2 Weeks, Flashdance, Indecent Proposal and Jacob's Ladder.

Born in Peterborough, England and raised in London, Lyne attended the Highgate school, where his father was a teacher. In his twenties, he also played trumpet with a jazz group. An avid moviegoer during his school days, he was inspired to make his own films by the work of French New Wave directors like Godard, Truffaut and Chabrol. Two of his early short films, The Table and Mr. Smith, were official entries in the London Film Festival.

Lyne made his feature filmmaking debut in 1980 with Foxes, a perceptive look at the friendship of four teenage girls growing up in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley, starring Jodie Foster. His next film, Flashdance, an innovative blend of rock ' n' roll, new dance styles, and breathtaking imagery, created a sensation in 1983. Lyne's bravura visuals, perfectly wedded to Giorgio Moroder's powerful score, propelled the story of an aspiring ballerina (Jennifer Beals, in her film debut) who works in a factory by day and dances in a club at night. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, with the theme song, What a Feeling, winning the Oscar for Best Song.

In 1986, Lyne attracted controversy with 9 1/2 Weeks. Based on a novel by Elizabeth McNeill, the tale of asexually-obsessive relationship starred Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. Although considered too explicit by its American distributor, and cut for U.S. release, it became a huge hit abroad in its unedited version.

Lyne's fourth film was the box-office phenomenon Fatal Attraction, which to date his generated over $450 million in revenues worldwide. The story of a happily married lawyer (Michael Douglas) who tries to break off an affair with an attractive r single woman (Glenn Close), only to have her become obsessed with him and endanger his family, the film struck a powerful chord with audiences and was one of the most successful films of the year. Deemed the Zeitgeist hit of the decade by TIME Magazine, Fatal Attraction won six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Glenn Close), Best Supporting Actress (Anne Archer), Best Screenplay and Best Editing.

In 1990, Lyne pushed the boundaries of psychological terror with the thriller Jacob's Ladder. Written by Academy Award-winner Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost) and starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pena and Danny Aiello, the film took audiences on a tortuous ride through Vietnam veteran Jacob Singer's (Robbins) nightmarish world of reality and unexplainable hallucinations to reveal a shocking and intensely-debated conclusion. The film won Best Picture at the Avoriaz Film Festival.

With Indecent Proposal, Lyne examined how the sexes look at relationships and money. Starring Robert Redford, Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore, Indecent Proposal became a worldwide hit.

His most recent film, Lolita, based on the modern classic novel by Vladimir Nabokov, was filmed for theatrical release, but American distributors shied away from it due to its controversial subject matter. The film premiered on Showtime, and was so well-received that national theatrical distribution soon followed.

When not working in the United States, Lyne lives with his family in a rural village in Southern France.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Adrian Lyne Facts

BirthdayMarch 4, 1941 (81)
BirthplacePeterborough, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Fatal Attraction
Indecent Proposal
9 1/ 2 Weeks
Jacob's Ladder
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