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Biography #2 (for Freedom Writers)

Richard LaGravenese was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is a theatre graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Experimental Theatre Wing.

He began his screenwriting career with his original screenplay The Fisher King, directed by Terry Gilliam. The film went on to earn five Academy Award nominations, including Best Screenplay, winning Best Supporting Actress for Mercedes Ruehl.

His subsequent screenwriting credits include: The Ref, directed by Ted Demme, A Little Prioncess, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, Unstrung Heroes, directed by Diane Keaton, The Bridges of Madison County, directed by Clint Eastwood, The Mirror has Two Faces,directed by Barbra Streisand, The Horse Whisperer, directed by Robert Redford, and Jonathon Demme's Beloved.".

LaGravenese made his directorial debut with his original screenplay for the critically acclaimed Living Out Loud, starring Holly Hunter, Danny DeVito and Queen Latifah. His documentary, A Decade Under the Influence, co-directed by his partner, the late Ted Demme, explored the breakthrough films and filmmakers of the 1970s, and earned an Emmy nomination for best documentary.

LaGravenese participated in the film project, Paris Je t'Aime, in which twenty different filmmakers from around the world created twenty individual short films about Paris, integrated into one full-length feature. LaGravenese' segment stars Fanny Ardent and Bob Hoskins.

He is currently filming P.S. I Love You, a love story based on the best selling novel by Cecelia Ahearn, starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler,Kathy Bates, Harry Connick Jr., and JeffreyD Morgan.

LaGravenese lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

Bio courtesy Paramount for "Freedom Writers" (04-Jan-2007)


Biography #3

Richard LaGravenese was honored with an Academy Award nomination for his first original screenplay, The Fisher King. Most recently, he adapted the screenplays for The Horse Whisperer, directed by Robert Redford, and Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning Beloved, directed by Jonathan Demme, which was produced by and starred Oprah Winfrey.

His other writing credits include The Bridges of Madison County, The Ref, which he wrote and produced; the critically acclaimed A Little Princess, and The Mirror Has Two Faces, directed by Barbra Steisand.

His screenplay for Unstrung Heroes served as Diane Keaton's feature film directorial debut and was presented out-of-competition at the Cannes Film Festival in the prestigious Un Certain Regard series.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he studied theater at New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing.

updated 31-Aug-2002


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