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JESSIE NELSON's (Director/Producer) first feature was Corrina, Corrina that she wrote, directed, and produced. It starred Whoopi Goldberg and Ray Liotta. She went on to write, direct, and produce I Am Sam with Sean Penn, who received an Academy Award nomination for his performance. Nelson received the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild. She discovered Dakota Fanning on this film who became the youngest person to ever be nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award. Nelson began her directing career with the award winning short, To The Moon Alice, which starred Chris Cooper.

She co-wrote Step Mom and The Story of Us, and co-wrote and produced Fred Claus, based on a bedtime story she would tell her daughter, and Danny Collins starring Al Pacino and Annette Bening.

She wrote the Broadway bound musical adaptation of the movie Waitress with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, directed by Diane Paulus. It made its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Boston this summer. She is also co-writing the musical Alice By Heart with Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. She wrote the children's book Labracadabra.

Nelson began her career acting with the theater group Mabou Mines at the Public Theater in New York and went on to perform in the Shakespeare In The Park. She has served as Artistic Director of the Sundance Writers Lab.

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