Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, LaGravenese is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Experimental Theatre Wing. He first garnered acclaim for his screenplay for The Fisher King, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges and Mercedes Ruehl, who won an Oscar for her role. LaGravenese was honored with an Academy Award nomination, as well as BAFTA and Writers Guild of America Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay.
His subsequent screenwriting credits include The Ref, directed by Ted Demme and starring Denis Leary, which LaGravenese also produced; Alfonso Cuaron's A Little Princess; Unstrung Heroes, directed by Diane Keaton; Clint Eastwood's The Bridges of Madison County, based on the bestselling novel and starring Eastwood and Meryl Streep; Barbra Streisand's The Mirror Has Two Faces; The Horse Whisperer, directed by and starring Robert Redford; and Jonathan Demme's Beloved.
In 2003, LaGravenese partnered with Ted Demme to direct and produce the documentary, A Decade Under the Influence, which explored the groundbreaking films and filmmakers of the 1970s. The film earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Nonfiction Special and won a National Board of Review Award.
Read earlier biographies on this page.
Richard LaGravenese Facts
|Birthday||October 30, 1959 (59)|
|Birthplace||Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|P.S. I Love You|
|The Last Five Years|
|Last 5 Years, The|
|Living Out Loud|