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Biography #2 (for What A Girl Wants)

Enigmatic and surprising, from the highly varied background of international documentary filmmaking, Yale Drama School and Adam Sandler-produced comedies, Dennie Gordon is one of the most versatile directors in Hollywood. Known for her craftsmanship as well as her cajones, Gordon is a writer and director who 'looks for the funny in everything.' Gordon believes that films, like life, should encompass elements of comedy, drama and, of course, the wildly absurd.

Dennie Gordon both developed and directed What A Girl Wants. This romantic fairytale follows a spirited New Yorker (Amanda Bynes) on her trek to London to find aristocrat Henry Dashwood, the father she has never known (Colin Firth). The film also stars Kelly Preston, Jonathan Pryce and Dame Eileen Atkins. The film was shot in the private palaces of England, including the exclusive St. James Palace, as well as on the northern edge of the Sahara desert in Morocco.

Gordon first gained recognition when her script for A Hard Rain was chosen for production from over one thousand entries in the esteemed Discovery Program.

Thanks to Steven Spielberg, a rough cut of her film attracted the attention of George Lucas, who donated more than $75,000 of labor and equipment to complete the film's sound mix at Skywalker Ranch.

A Hard Rain went on to win dramatic awards at the British Short Film Festival and the Hamptons Film Festival.

A Hard Rain also caught the eye of David E. Kelley, who enlisted Gordon to helm many episodes of his television series. Gordon became a full time director for Kelley, directing episodes of Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice and Ally McBeal. Gordon also directed episodes of such critically acclaimed series as Sports Night, Party of Five, Grounded for Life and Tracey Takes On. Gordon won a prestigious DGA Award in Comedy for Tracey Takes On. Performances directed by Gordon have garnered a total of eight Emmy Award wins for her actors.

Gordon has also directed a number of television pilots, including Kevin Williamson's Glory Days and Conan O'Brien's Beat Cops.

Gordon made her first leap into multiplexes with The Adventures of Joe Dirt, starring David Spade. Released by Sony in the spring of 2000, the cult classic comedy has made over sixty million dollars worldwide and is still climbing.

Gordon is represented by the Endeavor agency and attorney David Colden.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "What A Girl Wants" (01-Jan-2000)


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