PROFILE
Name:
Curtis Hanson
Birth Date:
March 24, 1945
Birth Place:
Reno, Nevada, USA
Height:
6' 1" (1.85 m)
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
L.A. Confidential' (1997)
BIOGRAPHY
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L.A. Confidential

Background:

“All directors are egomaniacs.” Curtis Hanson

Embarking on his filmmaking career with a string of small movies, director Curtis Hanson later scored massive critical success with L.A. Confidential (1997), which gave him an Academy Award and two Academy Award nominations, as well as over thirty other awards. Several years earlier, Hanson turned heads after working in Bad Influence (1990), the surprise hit drama thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) and the Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon-starring The River Wild (1994). Another notable effort was 8 Mile (2002), which featured successful rapper Eminem. In appreciation for his achievements, Hanson was given a Young Hollywood’s Dream Director Award (2002).

Besides making movies, Hanson is also the first chairman of the UCLA Film and Television Archive (duty began in 1999) and a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Directors Branch, starting from 2001). He became the 90th public figure in Premiere’s 2003 annual “Power 100” list. As for his private life, the ex-husband of Debra Tiggerman is now in a relationship with Rebecca Yeldham, the mother of his son.


Interviewing Legends

Childhood and Family:

On March 24, 1945, in Reno, Nevada, Curtis Lee Hanson was born to Beverly June (realtor) and William Hanson (elementary school teacher, died in 1994). He spent his childhood in the San Fernando Valley, in California.

A high school dropout, Curtis later worked as an editor and photographer for a magazine and interviewed various Hollywood legends, including John Ford, Vincente Minnelli, Dalton Trumbo, and William Wellman. He was introduced to filmmaking by one of his friends, writer/director/actor John Cassavetes.

Curtis married Debra Tiggerman on April 19, 1995, but the couple later split up. On November 28, 2004, he became the father of a son from his relationship with Rebecca Yeldham.


8 Mile

Career:

Curtis Hanson had his start in the movie industry as a co-writer, alongside Henry Rosenbaum and Ronald Silkosky, for the horror movie The Dunwich Horror (1970), which was adapted from the story by H.P. Lovecraft. Within three years, Hanson made a first directing debut with the thriller Sweet Kill (1973, also wrote and produced), which was next followed by the drama thriller The Silent Partner (1978, as the associate producer and the writer) and The Little Dragons (1980, directed and executive produced).

After penning the racially themed White Dog (1982), the new director worked with Tom Cruise in Losin’ It (1983). Hanson, who appeared on screen as a federal agent in the TV film Pigs vs. Freaks (1984), also tried making a TV movie with the drama The Children of Times Square (1986). A year later, he adapted the novel by Anne Holden in the self-directed thriller The Bedroom Window (1987), featuring Steve Guttenberg, Elizabeth McGovern and Carl Lumbly.

Hanson began earning critics’ notice after helming the thriller Bad Influence (1990), which won a Mystfest award for Best Film and was nominated for a Critics Award at the 1990 Deauville Film Festival. The director next brought home the Audience award and the Grand Prix of the 1992 Cognac Festival du Film Policier for his work in the surprise hit drama thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992). Two years later, Hanson worked with actors Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon in the box office movie The River Wild (1994).

Among all Hanson’s cinematic efforts, it is his cop movie L.A. Confidential (1997) that brought in major critical success. The movie starred Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Danny DeVito. L.A. Confidential eventually won Oscar’s Best Screenplay award and was nominated for Oscar’s Best Picture and Best Director, as well as harvested 36 other national/international awards.

After appearing as a cameo in the TV comedy drama Take My Advice: The Ann and Abby Story (1999, as Bennett Royce), Hanson helmed the screen adaptation of Michael Chabon’s novel titled Wonder Boys (2000) and detoured to the TV series with the Seth Green-starring sitcom “Greg the Bunny” (2002). Also in 2002, Hanson could be seen as the husband of Meryl Streep’s character in the star-studded ensemble movie Adaptation.

The recipient of the 2002 Young Hollywood’s Dream Director award immediately earned a Screen International award nomination at the 2002 European Film Awards for directing 8 Mile (2002), a film starring rapper Eminem which is loosely based on the singer’s life. He later teamed up with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette in the comedy drama adapted from the novel by Jennifer Weiner titled In Her Shoes (2005).

Hanson is also the director and co-screenwriter for the upcoming drama movie Lucky You (2007), which will star Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore and Robert Duvall. Meanwhile, it was announced that Hanson will helm The Crimson Petal and White (set to release in 2007), an 1860-set drama about the life of a London prostitute.


Awards:

  • Young Hollywood: Dream Director Award, 2002
  • Kinema Junpo: Best Foreign Language Film, L.A. Confidential, 1999
  • Kinema Junpo: Readers’ Choice Award for Best Foreign Language Film, L.A. Confidential, 1999
  • Mainichi Film Concours: Best Foreign Language Film, L.A. Confidential, 1999
  • Blue Ribbon: Best Foreign Language Film, L.A. Confidential, 1999
  • Oscar: Best Writing: Screenplay Based on Material from Another
  • Medium, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Writers Guild of America: Best Screenplay Based on Material
  • Previously Produced or Published, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • USC Scripter: L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Australian Film Institute: Best Foreign Film, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Chlotrudis: Best Director, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Chlotrudis: Best Screenplay, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Bodil: Best American Film, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Fotogramas de Plata: Best Foreign Film, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • London Critics Circle Film: Director of the Year, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • London Critics Circle Film: Screenwriter of the Year, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Sant Jordi: Best Foreign Film, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Edgar Allan Poe: Best Motion Picture, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Golden Satellite: Best Motion Picture Screenplay - Adaption, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association: Best Screenplay, Adapted, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • National Society of Film Critics: Best Director, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • National Society of Film Critics: Best Screenplay, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Southeastern Film Critics Association: Best Director, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Southeastern Film Critics Association: Best Screenplay, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Las Vegas Film Critics Society: Sierra Award for Best Screenplay, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Director, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Screenplay, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Online Film Critics Society: Best Screenplay, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Director, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Screenplay, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Florida Film Critics Circle: Best Director, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Florida Film Critics Circle: Best Screenplay, L.A. Confidential, 1998
  • Toronto International Film Festival: Metro Media Award, L.A. Confidential, tied with Boogie Nights, 1997
  • National Board of Review: Best Director, L.A. Confidential, 1997
  • New York Film Critics Circle: Best Director, L.A. Confidential, 1997
  • New York Film Critics Circle: Best Screenplay, L.A. Confidential, 1997
  • Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Director, L.A. Confidential, 1997
  • Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Screenplay, L.A. Confidential, 1997
  • Society of Texas Film Critics: Best Screenplay, Adapted, L.A. Confidential, 1997
  • Cognac Festival du Film Policier: Audience Award, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, 1992
  • Cognac Festival du Film Policier: Grand Prix, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, 1992
  • Mystfest: Best Film, Bad Influence, 1990
     
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