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Biography #2Michael Cristofer (Cris-tah-fer) is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, actor and stage, television and film director. He received a Pulitzer and an Antoinette Perry Tony Award for the Broadway production of his play, The Shadow Box, and a Golden Globe Award and Emmy nomination for the play's television adaptation which was directed by Paul Newman and starred Joanne Woodward. His 1998 screen directorial debut, HBO's Gia, earned six Emmy nominations, its star, Angelina Jolie, a Golden Globe and Cristofer a Directors Guild of America Award.
Cristofer has also acted extensively on stage including the Roundabout Theater's production of Hamlet starring Stephen Lang. He won an Obie for his performance in Chinchilla at the Phoenix Theater and a Theater World Award for his role as Trofimov in the Lincoln Center production of The Cherry Orchard.
Cristofer's screenwriting career includes Falling in Love, an original screenplay directed by Ulu Grosbard and starring Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro; the adaptation of John Updike's best-selling novel, The Witches of Eastwick, for director George Miller, starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Cher and the adaptation of Tom Wolfe's best-seller The Bonfire of the Vanities.
For eight years Cristofer worked as artistic advisor and finally co-artistic director of River Arts Repertory, a company which produced the American premiere of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women and new plays by writers such as Richard Nelson, Mac Wellman, Len Jenkin, Eric Overmeyer and others. At River Arts, Cristofer wrote stage adaptations of the films Love Me or Leave Me and the legendary Casablanca and directed Joanne Woodward in his own adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts.
Bio courtesy New Line Cinema (01-Jan-2000)