Donna Deitch

Director, Producer, Director of photography
Though her feature credits have been scant to date, Donna Deitch has earned a very small but honorable place in American film history. More specifically, she has been a pioneer in the area of gay and lesbian cinematic ... Read more »
Born: 06/08/1945 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Director (28)

Greenleaf 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Off the Map 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Army Wives 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Grey's Anatomy 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Private Practice 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Crossing Jordan 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

L.A. Dragnet 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

NYPD Blue 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Dellaventura 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

EZ Streets 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Moloney 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Murder One 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Veronica Clare 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Common Ground 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director

Second Noah 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Angel on My Shoulder 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

C-16 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

ER 1995 (Tv Show)

Director

Criminal Passion 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Desert Hearts 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Wall of Los Angeles 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

She Was A Visitor 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Woman to Woman 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

A Change of Place (TV Show)

Director

Sexual Advances (TV Show)

Director

The Devil's Arithmetic (TV Show)

Director
Producer (3)

Angel on My Shoulder 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Desert Hearts 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Woman to Woman 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Angel on My Shoulder 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Woman to Woman 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Actor (2)

Angel on My Shoulder 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Desert Hearts 1986 (Movie)

Hungarian Gambler (Actor)
Editor (1)

Angel on My Shoulder 1998 (Movie)

(Editor)
Writer (1)

Angel on My Shoulder 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Though her feature credits have been scant to date, Donna Deitch has earned a very small but honorable place in American film history. More specifically, she has been a pioneer in the area of gay and lesbian cinematic representation as the producer and director of "Desert Hearts" (1985), generally acknowledged as the first "mainstream" feature to deal sympathetically and realistically with the lesbian experience.

Relationships

Eleanor Green

Mother
born in Hungary died in the mid-1970s

Terri Jentz

Companion
together since 1992 keep separate apartments

EDUCATION

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley , California

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2000

Directed the Showtime drama "Common Ground"

1997

Released documentary "Angel on My Shoulder" which profiled actress Gwen Welles during her battle with, and subsequent death from, cancer in 1993

1996

Helmed the pilot for the ABC drama series "Second Noah"

1994

Directed the direct-to-video erotic thriller "Criminal Passion"

1991

Directed "Esperanza", a segment of "Prison Stories: Women on the Inside" on "HBO Showcase"

1989

TV directing debut, helmed "The Women of Brewster Place", an ABC dramatic miniseries produced by and starring Oprah Winfrey

1985

Produced, directed and acted in "Desert Hearts", a landmark in the history of lesbian representation in American film

1978

Directed the ten-minute black-and-white short, "The Great Wall of Los Angeles", about the world's longest mural

1974

Filmaking debut, served as producer, director, cinematographer and editor on "Woman to Woman", a documentary "featurette"

1970

Feature debut, served as still photographer for "Billy Jack"

Directed episodes of "NYPD Blue", "ER", and "Murder One"

Secured the film rights to Jane Rule's 1964 novel, "Desert of the Hearts"

Spent more than five years raising the budget for the film adaptation by throwing parties for affluent women and persuading them to contribute and selling $1000 units of the film to small investors and friends

Bonus Trivia

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Deitch is openly lesbian.

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Deitch shares a 1909 craftsman-style home in Los Angeles with two cats and a chocolate-color Labrador retriever.

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