NANCY MEYERS (Written and Directed by/Produced by) has developed a
reputation as a first-rate writer, director and producer of literate and sophisticated
romantic comedies. Meyers made an auspicious debut as a 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
Meyers also co-wrote.
Meyers then directed the blockbuster romantic comedy What Women Want,
starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt, which enjoyed critical acclaim and an international
box-office success. For his role, Gibson received a Golden Globe nomination for Best
Performance by an Actor—Musical or Comedy.
In 2003, Meyers wrote, directed and produced Something's Gotta Give, starring
Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, along with Keanu Reeves, Frances McDormand and
Amanda Peet. Both Nicholson and Keaton received Golden Globe nominations for their
performances and Keaton won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a
Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy. Keaton was also nominated for an Academy
AwardÂ® for her role as Erica Barry in the film. In 2004, Meyers received the ShoWest
Director of the Year Award. She is the first woman ever to receive this prestigious
Most recently, Meyers wrote, directed and produced The Holiday, starring Kate
Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black. The comedy was another hit at the
worldwide box office.
As a writer/producer, Meyers' first film was the groundbreaking Private
Benjamin, starring Goldie Hawn, which Meyers produced and co-wrote with Charles
Shyer and Harvey Miller. 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 domestically and internationally. The screenplay earned Meyers the Writers Guild of
America Award for Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen, and the film earned
three Academy AwardÂ® nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress and Best
Supporting Actress. Goldie Hawn was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best
Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy. 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
hits Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, both of which starred
Steve Martin and Keaton.
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