Heckerling made her directorial debut with the popular teen classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High, igniting the careers of Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Forest Whitaker, Eric Stoltz, Anthony Edwards and Judge Reinhold. She went on to write and direct Look Who's Talking, winner of the People's Choice Award for Best Comedy, and Look Who's Talking Too, both starring JohnTravolta and Kirstie Alley.
Her other credits as a director include the films Johnny Dangerously and National Lampoon's European Vacation; for television she directed the pilot Nineteen, and the series Fast Times. More recently she produced, with Lorne Michaels, A Night at the Roxbury. Heckerling has her own production company, Heckerling/Caplan, at Paramount Studios with her producing partner, Twink Caplan.
A Bronx native, Heckerling attended the High School of Art and Design, before studying film and television at New York University where her student film, High Finance, won Best Film in the New York, Bronx and Venice Film Festivals. She earned her MFA degree from the American Film Institute, where she was a Directing Fellow.
In 1998, Heckerling received the Franklin J. Schaffner Medal from the American Film Institute, and in 1999, she received the Crystal Award from Women in Film.
Amy Heckerling Facts
|May 7, 1954 (69)
|Bronx, New York, USA
|Fast Times at Ridgemont High
|Look Who's Talking
|National Lampoon's European Vacation
|Look Who's Talking Too