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CHARLES SHYER (Writer/Producer/Director) has carved out a successful niche. unique in American film today. Influenced by the great films of the 1930s and '40s. he has fashioned a series of romantic comedies unparalleled in their blending of classic Hollywood style with a contemporary social perspective. Marked by crisp dialogue and solid structure, his hits include "Private Benjamin” (1980), his critically acclaimed directorial debut "Irreconcilable Differences” (1984), "Baby Boom” (1987), "Father of the Bride” (1991). "Father of the Bride Part II” (1995), "The Parent Trap (1998) and "The Affair of the Necklace” (2001).

Shyer grew up in the film industry where his father, Melville Shyer. one of the founders of the Directors Guild of America, worked with legendary filmmaker D.W. Griffith. After attending UCLA, he was accepted into the DGA's apprenticeship program, which led to work as an assistant director. But Shyer caught the writing bug, went to work as an assistant to Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson. producers of the TV series "The Odd Couple,” and eventually worked his way up to head writer on the hit series.

In 1979, Shyer teamed up with Nancy Meyers to write and produce "Private Benjamin." The screenplay won Meyers and Shyer the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for an Academy Award® in that same category. The film's stars Goldie Hawn and Eileen Brennan were also nominated for Oscars®, and the film itself was nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress.

Shyer and Meyers teamed up again in 1991, to work from earlier material, when they remade the 1950 Vincente Minnelli classic, "Father of the Bride.” Shyer directed the film and its sequel, "Father of the Bride Part II.” In 1997, Shyer co-wrote and produced the remake of "The Parent Trap.” Most recently, before starting work on the remake of "Alfie.” he tackled the period drama "The Affair of the Necklace,” starring Hilary Swank, which was filmed in the Czech Republic.


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