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Martha Coolidge (born August 17, 1946) is an American film director and former President of the Directors Guild of America.[1] She has directed such films as Real Genius
Real Genius
and Rambling Rose.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Awards 5 Selected filmography 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Coolidge was born in New Haven, Connecticut. She is a granddaughter of Arthur W. Coolidge, former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, who was himself a fourth cousin of President Calvin Coolidge. Coolidge studied illustration at Rhode Island School of Design, but changed majors, becoming the first film major at the school. She earned her MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Later in Los Angeles she studied acting and other aspects of her craft with Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Joanne Baron, and David Craig. Career[edit] Coolidge first made her reputation by directing many award-winning documentaries in New York City. While in New York, she helped found the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) and the IFP. She moved to Hollywood
Hollywood
in 1976 and spent several years as a part of the Zoetrope Studio
Zoetrope Studio
created by Francis Ford Coppola. Her feature-length directorial debut, Not a Pretty Picture, was based on a date rape she suffered at age 16.[2] Her breakthrough film was the independently produced Valley Girl (1983), which is now best remembered for launching the career of Nicolas Cage. It also helped the popularity of the British band Modern English's hit song I Melt with You. Her film Rambling Rose (1991) won three IFP Independent Spirit Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for Diane Ladd, and earned Oscar and Golden Globe
Golden Globe
nominations for Ladd and Laura Dern
Laura Dern
(Best Actress). Rambling Rose was well reviewed and made many top ten lists for the year. Despite a limited release hampered by economic problems suffered by the production company, the film played for months without advertising and earned many honors. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
(1999) for HBO
HBO
was nominated for eleven Emmy
Emmy
Awards, winning five, including Best Actress for its star, Halle Berry, and earned Coolidge an Emmy
Emmy
and DGA (Director's Guild of America) nominations for Best Director. From 2002 to 2003 she was the Director's Guild of America's first female president. Personal life[edit] Coolidge was previously married to screenwriter Michael Backes, with whom she has a son, Preston, named after director Preston Sturges.[3] She is now married to production designer James Spencer.[4] Awards[edit]

Emmy
Emmy
Award Nomination ~ Best Director : Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Independent Spirit Award ~ Best Director : Rambling Rose Independent Spirit Award ~ Best Feature : Rambling Rose DGA Award ~ Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award DGA Award Nomination ~ Best Director : An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong DGA Award Nomination ~ Best Director : If These Walls Could Talk 2 DGA Award Nomination ~ Best Director : Introducing Dorothy Dandridge CableACE Nomination ~ Best Director : Crazy in Love

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Paris Film Festival ~ Grand Prix Award : Real Genius Chicago Film Critics Association Award Nomination ~ Best Director: Rambling Rose Chicago International Film Festival ~ Best Short Film: Bimbo Chicago International Film Festival ~ Best Short Film: More Than a School LA Femme International Film Festival ~ Maverick Award Method Fest ~ Forerunner Award Online Film & Television Association ~ Best Director: Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Women in Film ~ Crystal Award

Selected filmography[edit]

Not a Pretty Picture (1976) Valley Girl (1983) City Girl (1984) National Lampoon's Joy of Sex
National Lampoon's Joy of Sex
(1984) Real Genius
Real Genius
(1985) Sledge Hammer!
Sledge Hammer!
(1986) (TV) (pilot) The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
(1986) (TV) ("Night of the Meek") ("Quarantine") (" Shelter Skelter") Plain Clothes (1988) Trenchcoat in Paradise (1989) (TV movie) Bare Essentials (1991) (TV movie) Rambling Rose (1991) Lost in Yonkers (1993) Angie (1994) Three Wishes (1995) Out to Sea
Out to Sea
(1997) Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
(1999) (TV movie) If These Walls Could Talk 2
If These Walls Could Talk 2
(2000) (TV movie) ("1972") Leap Years
Leap Years
(2001) (TV movie and pilot) Sex and the City
Sex and the City
(2002) (TV) ("A Vogue Idea") ("I Heart New York") Hidden Hills (2003) (TV) ("The Concert") Masterpiece Theatre
Masterpiece Theatre
("The Ponder Heart") (2003) (TV movie) The Prince and Me
The Prince and Me
(2004) Huff (2005) (TV) ("All the Kings Horses") Material Girls
Material Girls
(2006) Related
Related
(2006) (TV) ("Not Without My Daughter") CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2006) (TV) ("Living Legend") ("Redrum") ("Take my life Please") ("Fracked") ("Maid Man") Shark (2007) (TV) ("Porn Free") Weeds (2007) (TV) ("Shit Highway") Psych
Psych
(2007) (TV) ("Truer Lies") An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (2009) Cult (2013) (TV) ("The Good Fight") The Glades (2013) (TV) ("Glade-iators!") Killer Women
Killer Women
(2014) (TV) ("Warrior") The Night Shift (2014) (TV) ("Blood Brothers") Madam Secretary (2014) (TV) ("Passage") Angie Tribeca
Angie Tribeca
(2016) (TV) ("The Famous Ventriloquist Did It ")

References[edit]

^ Martha Coolidge - Directors Guild of America ^ Martha Coolidge profile on shemadeit.com Archived 2014-02-02 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Weinraub, Bernard. "From Valley Girls To Sunshine Boys, A Deal on 'Yonkers'". New York Times.  ^ " Martha Coolidge - Faculty Profile". Chapman University. 

Martha Coolidge profile, SheMadeIt.org Martha Coolidge, Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame

External links[edit]

Official website Martha Coolidge on IMDb Literature on Martha Coolidge

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Films directed by Martha Coolidge

Not a Pretty Picture (1976) Valley Girl (1983) City Girl (1984) National Lampoon's Joy of Sex
National Lampoon's Joy of Sex
(1984) Real Genius
Real Genius
(1985) Plain Clothes (1988) Rambling Rose (1991) Lost in Yonkers (1993) Angie (1994) Three Wishes (1995) Out to Sea
Out to Sea
(1997) Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
(1999) The Prince and Me
The Prince and Me
(2004) Material Girls
Material Girls
(2006) An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (2009) Tribute (2009)

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Independent Spirit Award for Best Director

Joel Coen / Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1985) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1986) John Huston
John Huston
(1987) Ramon Menendez (1988) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(1989) Charles Burnett (1990) Martha Coolidge (1991) Carl Franklin
Carl Franklin
(1992) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(1994) Mike Figgis
Mike Figgis
(1995) Joel Coen (1996) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1997) Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
(1998) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
(1999) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2000) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2001) Todd Haynes
Todd Haynes
(2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
(2006) Julian Schnabel
Julian Schnabel
(2007) Tom McCarthy (2008) Lee Daniels
Lee Daniels
(2009) Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky
(2010) Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
(2011) David O. Russell
David O. Russell
(2012) Steve McQueen (2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) Tom McCarthy (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele
(2017)

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Presidents of the Screen Directors Guild and the Directors Guild of America

King Vidor
King Vidor
(1936) Frank Capra
Frank Capra
(1939) George Stevens
George Stevens
(1941) Mark Sandrich
Mark Sandrich
(1943) John Cromwell (1944) George Marshall (1948) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1950) George Sidney
George Sidney
(1951) Frank Capra
Frank Capra
(1960) George Sidney
George Sidney
(1961) Delbert Mann
Delbert Mann
(1967) Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1971) Robert Aldrich (1975) George Schaefer (1979) Jud Taylor (1981) Gilbert Cates (1983) Franklin J. Schaffner
Franklin J. Schaffner
(1987) Gene Reynolds
Gene Reynolds
(1993) Jack Shea (1997) Martha Coolidge (2002) Michael Apted
Michael Apted
(2003) Taylor Hackford
Taylor Hackford
(2009) Paris Barclay
Paris Barclay
(2013) Thomas Schlamme (2017)

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Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame

1994

Mary Jobe Akeley Anni Albers Marian Anderson Beatrice Fox Auerbach Emma Fielding Baker Evelyn Beatrice Longman Catharine Beecher Jody Cohen Prudence Crandall Katharine Seymour Day Fidelia Fielding Charlotte Perkins Gilman Dorothy Goodwin Ella T. Grasso Estelle Griswold Mary Hall Alice Hamilton Katharine Hepburn Katharine Martha Houghton Hepburn Isabella Beecher Hooker Emeline Roberts Jones Barbara B. Kennelly Clare Boothe Luce Rachel Taylor Milton Alice Paul Ellen Ash Peters Ann Petry Sarah Porter Theodate Pope Riddle Edna Negron Rosario Margaret Rudkin Susan Saint James Lydia Sigourney Virginia Thrall Smith Smiths of Glastonbury Hilda Crosby Standish Harriet Beecher Stowe Gladys Tantaquidgeon Betty Tianti Hannah Bunce Watson Chase G. Woodhouse

1995

Helen M. Feeney Caroline Hewins Donna Lopiano María Colón Sánchez

1996

Edythe J. Gaines Madeleine L'Engle Susanne Langer

1997

Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt Annie Dillard Margo Rose Laura Wheeler Waring

1998

Dorrit Hoffleit Constance Baker Motley Rosa Ponselle Lillian Vernon Mabel Osgood Wright

1999

Jane Hamilton-Merritt Sophie Tucker Ann Uccello Florence Wald

2000

Emily Barringer Adrianne Baughns-Wallace Mary Goodrich Jenson

2001

Laura Nyro Catherine Roraback Maria Miller Stewart

2002

Florence Griswold Eileen Kraus Miriam Therese Winter

2003

Dotha Bushnell Hillyer Clarice McLean

2005

Martha Coolidge Helen Frankenthaler Rosalind Russell

2006

Helen Keller Mary Townsend Seymour Anne Stanback

2007

Dorothy Hamill Joan Joyce Glenna Collett-Vare

2008

Jewel Plummer Cobb Patricia Goldman-Rakic Barbara McClintock Joan A. Steitz

2009

Martha Minerva Franklin Carolyn M. Mazure Helen L. Smits

2010

Anne M. Mulcahy Martha Parsons Maggie Wilderotter

2011

Isabelle M. Kelley Denise Lynn Nappier Patricia Wald

2012

Anne Garrels Annie Leibovitz Faith Middleton

2013

Rosa DeLauro Barbara Franklin Linda Lorimer Augusta Lewis Troup

2014

Beatrix Farrand Jennifer Lawton Marian Salzman

2015

Margaret Bourke-White Carolyn Miles Indra Nooyi

2016

Rebecca Lobo Jane Pauley Joyce Yerwood

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