CURTIS HANSON began his career as a screenwriter. His writing credits
include the multiple award-winning Canadian feature "The Silent
Partner," "White Dog" (co-written with director Sam Fuller) and
"Never Cry Wolf."
In 1987, Hanson directed his screenplay for "The Bedroom Window." He
followed this by directing two more contemporary thrillers, "Bad
Influence" and "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle," and the Meryl
Streep action-adventure film "The River Wild."
Most recently, Hanson directed, produced and co-wrote (with Brian Helgeland) the
screenplay for "L.A. Confidential," based on the epic crime novel by
James Ellroy. In addition to winning 1997 Academy Awards for Best Adapted
Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger), the film won the Best
Adapted Screenplay Award from the Writers Guild of America as well as Best
Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay awards from such associations as the
New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics and the Los
Angeles Film Critics Association. In fact, it was the first film ever to win
Best Picture and Best Director from every major critics organization.
Hanson is also very interested in film preservation and for the last year has
served as the Chairman of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
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