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Beeban Kidron

Beeban Kidron first drew critical acclaim with her 1990 BAFTA award-winning television drama for the BBC, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, based on the Jeanette Winterson novel, and later released as a feature film in the U.S. Also in 1990, she directed another critically admired comedy about two life-long rivals, Antonia and Jane (Miramax), starring Saskia Reeves and Imelda Staunton.

Her first major Hollywood picture, Used People (1992), starred Shirley MacLaine and Marcello Mastroianni and garnered both Golden Globe nominations. This was followed by the controversial Hookers, Hustlers, Pimps and Their Johns. In 1993 she directed Great Moments in Aviation, starring Vanessa Redgrave, John Hurt and Jonathan Pryce, followed by To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, starring Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo; both Swayze and Leguizamo were nominated for Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy/Musical.

Earlier feature film credits include Swept From the Sea, starring Vincent Perez, Sir Ian McKellen and Rachel Weisz, and Vroom, starring Diana Quick, David Thewlis and Clive Owen. Additional television credits include Murder (with Julie Walters), Cinderella (with Kathleen Turner), Itch, Carry Greenham Home, Love at First Sight and Eve Arnold, A Portrait.

Before becoming a filmmaker Kidron worked as a waitress, dancing girl, courier, gallery and shop worker. She has been taking photographs since the age of 11 and was discovered at age 13 by Magnum photographer Eve Arnold.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Beeban Kidron Facts

BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Not available.