JENNIFER LEE (Directed by/Screenplay by/Story by) is the
chief creative officer of
Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) and is the writer of "Frozen 2," which she
directing with Chris Buck. Lee is the writer/director of WDAS' "Frozen," sharing
duties with Chris Buck. The film became the highest-grossing animated feature
released with more than $1.27 billion in global box office, and Lee became the
highest grossing female director of a feature. "Frozen" earned two Academy
Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, PGA Award, five Annie Awards and two GRAMMY
Awards. The digital and Blu-ray/DVD release was one of the biggest home
entertainment successes of the last decade, becoming the most popular Blu-ray in
Lee's career with Walt Disney Animation Studios began in March 2011, when she
became the co-writer of 2012's Oscar-nominated, arcade-hopping adventure
Ralph." For their screenplay, she and Phil Johnston received an Annie Award. She
penned the screenplay for "Frozen" and went on to direct the film (with Buck).
for her work on "Frozen," Lee was given Women In Film's Dorothy Arzner Directors
Award at the Crystal + Lucy Awards. That same year, she gave a memorable
commencement speech at her undergraduate alma mater, University of New
Hampshire, and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree.
In 2016, Lee was one of the writers of the story for the 2016 Academy
feature, "Zootopia," and she executive produced 2018's "Ralph Breaks the
She also recently wrote the book for "Frozen: The Broadway Musical," for which
received a Tony Award nomination, as well as adapted the screenplay for
live-action feature "A Wrinkle in Time."
Before joining Walt Disney Animation Studios, Lee built a career in book
before she pursued screenwriting, entering Columbia University's graduate film
in 2001. There she received the William Goldman Award for excellence in
and her first feature-length script, "Hinged on Stars," won the Columbia
Festival. She graduated in 2005 with an MFA in film.
Lee lives in Los Angeles with her family.
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