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LASSE HALLSTROM (Director) is known for his charming, idiosyncratic films that embrace quirky characters and scenarios. Born in 1946 in Stockholm, Sweden, he came to attention of American audiences in 1985 with the release of "My Life As A Dog," which he wrote and directed. Based on the autobiographical novel by Reider Jonsson, the film follows the life of a 12-year- old boy growing up in the 1950s and his adventures when, after his mother becomes ill, he is relocated to a country village full of Hallstrom's trademark eccentric folk. The warmhearted, winsome and poignant movie earned universal praise and Oscar nominations for Hallstrom, for Best Director and Best Screenplay. The New York Film Critics also named "My Life As A Dog" as Best Foreign Film.

His next film was "Once Around," released in 1991. It starred Holly Hunter as a timid Boston woman who finds romance in the form of an odd and obnoxious sales rep-cum-millionaire, played by Richard Dreyfuss. Hallstrom followed "Once Around" with the funny, melancholy, offbeat 1993 hit film "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" The movie, which Hallstrom also produced, starred Johnny Depp, Juliet Lewis and a young Leonardo DiCaprio, whose portrayal of a hyperactive, retarded boy earned him an Oscar nomination. Hallstrom followed "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" with the 1995 release "Something To Talk About," starring Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, Gena Rowlands, Robert Duvall and Kyra Sedgewick. The film examined the loves and tumultuous marriages of two generations in a southern family, comically played out under the gaze of their wealthy, conservative, rural neighbors.

Hallstrom began his career in Sweden, working at Swedish television. He directed several music videos, notably for the famed Swedish band ABBA. This relationship led to Hallstrom directing and editing "ABBA: The Movie" in 1977. He went on to direct several films in his homeland, including "A Lover and His Lass," "Father To Be," "The Rooster" and "Happy We." He returned to Sweden after the release of "My Life As A Dog" to direct two more Swedish films, for Svensk Filmindustri, "The Children of Bullerby Village" and "More About the Children of Bullerby Village."

Hallstrom currently divides his time between the United States and Sweden. He married actress Lena Olin in 1994 and they have two children.

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