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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 Festival.

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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