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JANE ANDERSON (Director/Writer) is a multi award-winning writer and director who has created some of the most thought-provoking film, television and theatre in recent years. In 2003, she wrote and directed the HBO movie "Normal,” based on her play "Looking for Normal.” Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson starred in the controversial drama about a middle-aged husband and father who stuns his family by announcing he wants a sex change operation. The film received five Emmy Award nominations, including one for Anderson for Best Screenplay. It was also Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, as well as Best Actor and Best Actress. In addition, Anderson was honored by her peers with nominations for both Directors Guild and Writers Guild Award nominations for her work on the film.

In 1993, Anderson won an Emmy Award and a Writers Guild Award for her screenplay for HBO's widely acclaimed comedy-drama "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom,” starring Holly Hunter in the title role. Anderson later wrote and directed the powerful Showtime drama "The Baby Dance,” adapted from her own play about the struggle of class and adoption in America. Starring Laura Dern and Stockard Channing, "The Baby Dance” won a prestigious Peabody Award, and Anderson earned two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay.

She was also Emmy-nominated for her screenplay for the first segment of HBO's "If These Walls Could Talk 2,” starring Vanessa Redgrave, which Anderson also directed. In addition, she wrote and directed the television movie "When Billie Beat Bobby,” about the infamous "battle of the sexes” between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, starring Holly Hunter and Ron Silver. For the big screen, Anderson's screenwriting credits include "How to Make an American Quilt” and "It Could Happen to You.”

Anderson's plays have been produced off-Broadway and in theaters around the country. Her published titles include the aforementioned "Looking for Normal” and "The Baby Dance,” as well as "Defying Gravity,” "Smart Choices for the New Century,” "Lynette at 3AM” and "The Last Time We Saw Her.” Anderson is next set to direct "The Wife” from her own screenplay, based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer.

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