Amy Heckerling

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
One of only a handful of women who not only worked as directors during the 1980s but also enjoyed great success doing so, Amy Heckerling proved to be one of the smartest and most observant chroniclers of teenage life ... Read more »
Born: 05/06/1954 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (13)

Getting It Over With 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

High Finance 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Vamps 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

I Could Never Be Your Woman 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Clueless 1985 - 1986, 1996 - 1999, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Fast Times 1985 - 1986, 1996 - 1997, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Loser 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Clueless 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Look Who's Talking Too 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Look Who's Talking 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Johnny Dangerously 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Fast Times At Ridgemont High 1982 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (9)

Vamps 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Could Never Be Your Woman 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Loser 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Clueless 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Look Who's Talking Now 1993 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Baby Talk 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

Look Who's Talking Too 1990 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Look Who's Talking Too 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Look Who's Talking 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (6)

Tough Cookies 1985 - 1986, 1996 - 1997, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Supervising Producer

Loser 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Molly 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Look Who's Talking Now 1993 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Life on the Flipside 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Producer
Actor (6)

Guys Choice 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Mardik: From Baghdad to Hollywood 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Film School 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lifetime Women's Film Festival 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

Waitress (Actor)

Biography

One of only a handful of women who not only worked as directors during the 1980s but also enjoyed great success doing so, Amy Heckerling proved to be one of the smartest and most observant chroniclers of teenage life with the acclaimed comedies "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982) and "Clueless" (1995). Keenly aware of the complex levels of social intercourse and class structure within the American high school, Heckerling's best films found the honest emotions at the center of teenagers' highly overcharged lives: the need to be liked, to fit in, and ultimately, to find one's own way. Despite the returns on "Fast Times," Heckerling struggled to find quality projects in the 1980s until scoring a huge hit with the broad comedy "Look Who's Talking" (1989). "Clueless" would mark her return to the teenaged film, but would also serve as her last successful project for nearly two decades. Despite her constant uphill battle to portray young people - in particular, young women - in a positive light, Heckerling's best work enshrined her as a patron saint of the teenage comedy.

Relationships

Neal Israel

Husband
second husband divorced in 1991

Mollie Israel

Daughter
born on September 3, 1985 father, Neal Israel

Chris Kattan Actor

Companion
Met 1997 during filming of "A Night at the Roxbury," which Heckerling produced No longer together

Bronson Pinchot Actor

Companion
together from 1993-1997 split up shortly after getting engaged in 1997

EDUCATION

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California 1974
attended on a fellowship; completed a short, "Getting It Over With", submitted for consideration for the Best Short Film Academy Award in 1977

AFI Conservatory

1974

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1974 - 1976
Graduated 1976

Institute of Film and TV, New York University

New York , New York
made "High Finance" (1975), a prize-winning short starring a young Joel Silver

High School of Art and Design

New York , New York

Milestones

2007

Directed Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd in the romantic comedy "I Could Never Be Your Woman," also wrote screenplay

2005

Directed an episode for the American version of the workplace comedy "The Office" (NBC)

2000

Helmed the New York City college-set comedy "Loser"

1999

Was executive producer of the sentimental and unsuccessful Elisabeth Shue vehicle "Molly"

1998

Produced "A Night at the Roxbury", a comedy feature based on the club-hopping Bubati brothers from "Saturday Night Live"

1996

Was creator and executive producer of the TV series adaptation "Clueless" (ABC 1996-1997; UPN 1997-1999); also directed and scripted some episodes

1995

Was screenwriter and director of "Clueless", the popular and critically acclaimed Beverly Hills-set modern reworking of Jane Austen's "Emma"

1993

Feature producing debut as co-producer of "Look Who's Talking Now", the second sequel to the original; also scripted and directed

1991

Received a creator's credit on "Baby Talk", a short-lived ABC sitcom loosely derived from "Look Who's Talking"

1990

Helmed the successful follow-up "Look Who's Talking Too"

1989

Feature writing debut, "Look Who's Talking", a sleeper hit comedy; also directed

1988

Produced "Life on the Flipside", an unsold sitcom pilot

1986

Served as supervising producer of "Fast Times", the CBS version of the feature; also directed the pilot

1986

Served as supervising producer of "Tough Cookies" (also wrote an episode), a short-lived CBS cop sitcom

1985

Debuted as a television writer with "Death Benefits", an episode of the CBS comedy anthology series "George Burns Comedy Week"

1985

Had a cameo acting role in John Landis's "Into the Night"

1985

Helmed the troubled but commercially successful "National Lampoon's European Vacation"

1984

Directed the Michael Keaton gangster comedy "Johnny Dangerously"

1982

Feature directorial debut, the teen classic "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"

1976

Moved to L.A.

1975

Directed the award-winning short "High Finance", starring Joel Silver

Born and raised in NYC

Attended the American Film Institute as a directing fellow; directed the 1977 short "Getting It Over With"

Found work doing video and sound editing

Bonus Trivia

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Heckerling described working on "National Lampoon's European Vacation" as "a total nightmare" in Fade In (Summer 2000), She went on to explain what she learned from the experience: "It prompted me to make a list of things I'd never do again: 1) Never work with an asshole, 2) never work with material I wasn't happy and secure with, and 3) never work with a crew that has total disdain for Hollywood. After that, I didn't want to be a director for hire and work on other people's scripts. I just wanted to stay home, write, and be with my kid."

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In an article in The Sacramento Bee, journalist Joe Baltake pointed out the many similarities between Heckerling's "Loser" and Billy Wilder's "The Apartment". Spokespeople for Heckerling dismissed the article claiming that the writer-director did not base her film on the 1960 Oscar-winning Best Picture.

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