Kathryn Bigelow

Director, Screenwriter, Script supervisor
Hailed as one of the preeminent stylists of contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, Kathryn Bigelow was often too easily pigeonholed as a female director with a flair for traditionally masculine movies. After making an ... Read more »
Born: 11/27/1951 in San Carlos, California, USA

Filmography

Director (13)

Zero Dark Thirty 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hurt Locker 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Inside 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Wild Palms 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

K-19: The Widowmaker 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Weight of Water 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Strange Days 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Point Break 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Blue Steel 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Near Dark 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

The Loveless 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Set-Up 1977 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (9)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2015 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Born in Flames 1983 (Movie)

Newspaper Editor (Actor)
Writer (5)

Blue Steel 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Near Dark 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Loveless 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Set-Up 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Undertow (TV Show)

Screenplay
Producer (5)

Cartel Land 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Zero Dark Thirty 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Hurt Locker 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

K-19: The Widowmaker 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Set-Up 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Hailed as one of the preeminent stylists of contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, Kathryn Bigelow was often too easily pigeonholed as a female director with a flair for traditionally masculine movies. After making an unusual entrance to cinema by way of the art world, Bigelow put her distinctive stamp on standard genre films like the Western-twinged vampire flick, "Near Dark" (1987) and the feminist-themed cop thriller, "Blue Steel" (1990). With the financial success of the surfer bank heist picture, "Point Break" (1991), Bigelow enjoyed newfound status as a mainstream director with a rather artistic bent. Following a brief marriage and creative collaboration with fellow director James Cameron, she directed one of her most challenging films, the futuristic "Strange Days" (1995), which failed to catch on at the box office, but nonetheless displayed how successfully a filmmaker could marry art with narrative. Despite the financial disaster that was "K-12: The Widowmaker" (2002), Bigelow continued to churn out an impressive body of work, including the Oscar-winning war drama "The Hurt Locker" (2009) and "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012), both of which honed in on her fascination with the meaning of violence that was once thought to be the exclusive domain of male directors.

Relationships

Ronald Bigelow

Father

James Cameron Actor

Husband
Married Aug. 17, 1989 Divorced Nov. 10, 1991 Cameron produced Bigelow's screenplay "Point Break" (1991) He also produced and scripted her film "Strange Days" (1995)

Gertrude Larson

Mother

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York 1979
Attended the graduate film programme on scholarship

Whitney Museum Independent Study Program

New York , New York 1972
Won a scholarship to study conceptual art

San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco , California 1970 - 1972
Attended for two years before transferring to the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program

Milestones

2012

Directed "Zero Dark Thirty," a drama based on the hunt for Osama bin Laden; re-teamed with writer Mark Boal

2010

Became first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director (for "The Hurt Locker")

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture ("The Hurt Locker")

2009

Directed Iraq war thriller "The Hurt Locker," written by former Playboy journalist Mark Boal; screened at festivals in 2008

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film ("The Hurt Locker")

2002

Directed Harrison Ford in "K-19: The Widowmaker"; also produced

2000

Directed feature adaptation of Anita Shreve's novel "The Weight of Water"

1998

Helmed a two-part episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC); directed a third episode in 1999

1996

Re-teamed with Eric Red to write the thriller "Undertow" (Showtime)

1995

Directed futuristic film "Strange Days," co-scripted and produced by ex-husband James Cameron

1993

TV directing debut, helmed second hour of sci-fi miniseries "Wild Palms" (ABC)

1991

Helmed "Point Break" with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze; first collaboration with then-husband James Cameron (executive produced)

1990

Directed Jamie Lee Curtis in "Blue Steel"

1987

Solo directorial debut (also co-wrote with Eric Red), "Near Dark"

1983

Moved to Los Angeles, CA

1983

Feature acting debut (as Kathy Bigelow), Lizzie Borden's "Born in Flames"

1982

First feature as co-writer/co-director (with Monty Montgomery), "The Loveless"; feature debut for star Willem Dafoe

1980

Served as script supervisor for "Union City"

1978

Short film writing, producing, and directing debut, "Set-Up" (a 20-minute-long Columbia student project)

1970

Lived in NYC variously as a student, artist, and filmmaker

1970

Showed one of her first "exhibitions" at the Whitney Museum in NYC

Landed development deal with producer-writer-director Walter Hill (who had been impressed by "The Loveless")

Posed for a Gap advertisement

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