SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE
NANCY MEYERS (Director,
Writer, Producer) has developed a reputation as a first-rate writer, director
and producer of literate and sophisticated romantic comedies. Recently, Meyers
made an auspicious debut as director - following two decades of successful
screenwriting and producing - with the highly popular update of the Disney
classic The Parent Trap starring Dennis Quaid and Lindsay Lohan,
which she co-wrote. She then directed the blockbuster romantic comedy What
Women Want starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt, which enjoyed critical
acclaim and an international box office tally of $372 million. For his role,
Gibson received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.
As a writer/producer,
Meyers' first film was the groundbreaking Private Benjamin, starring
Goldie Hawn, which Meyers produced and co-wrote with Charles Shyer. Released in
1980, the film bucked conventional wisdom at the time, which dictated that a
female lead could not open a movie without a male star. The story of a pampered
young woman who joins the Army, Private Benjamin became a huge hit with a
worldwide gross of $150 million. The screenplay earned Meyers the Writers Guild
of America Award, and the film earned three Academy AwardÂ® nominations for Best
Original Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. The film also
garnered many Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture, Comedy or
Musical and Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. After the success of Private
Benjamin, Meyers co-wrote and produced the critically acclaimed Irreconcilable
Differences, followed by Baby Boom starring Diane Keaton and the box
office hits Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II,
both of which starred Steve Martin and Diane Keaton and smartly updated the 1950
original for the last decade of the 20th century.
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