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CAMERON CROWE (Director, Producer, Writer) was born in 1957 in Palm Springs,
California. After graduating from high school at age 15, Crowe joined the staff
of Rolling Stone magazine as a contributing editor, and later an associate
editor. In 1979, Crowe (then 22) went undercover as a southern California high
school student to research his book on teen life. The book became a bestseller,
and the motion picture Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), directed by Amy
Heckerling, became one of the year's surprise hits, garnering Crowe a nomination
for Best Screen Adaptation from The Writers Guild of America.
In 1989, Crowe made his directorial debut with his original screenplay Say
Anything, followed by Singles (1992), a romantic comedy set in Seattle. Crowe's
next film, Jerry Maguire (1996) was nominated for five Academy Awards, and Crowe
received the first of his two nominations for Outstanding Directorial
Achievement in Feature Film from the Directors Guild of America.
In 1999 Crowe wrote Conversations with Wilder, a collection of interviews with
legendary director Billy Wilder. Crowe's next feature film, Almost Famous
(2000), received four Academy Award nominations and earned him his first Oscar
for Best Original Screenplay. Vanilla Sky, released in 2001, was a worldwide box
office success and Paul McCartney's title song was nominated for an Academy
Award. The 2005 romantic comedy-drama Elizabethtown, debuted at the Venice Film
Crowe's first documentary, Pearl Jam Twenty, chronicling the band's twenty year
musical success, was recently released. The Union, Cameron's documentary about
the collaboration of the two music legends, Elton John and Leon Russell,
premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.
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