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Amy Heckerling est une Actrice, Réalisatrice, Scénariste et Producteur Américaine née le 7 mai 1954 à Bronx (Etats-Unis)

Amy Heckerling

Amy Heckerling
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Nationalité Etats-Unis
Naissance 7 mai 1954 (65 ans) à Bronx (Etats-Unis)

Amy Heckerling est une réalisatrice, scénariste, productrice et actrice américaine née le 7 mai 1954 dans le Bronx dans l'État de New York aux États-Unis.

Biographie

Amy Heckerling was born in The Bronx to a bookkeeper mother and a Certified Public Accountant father. She had a Jewish upbringing and remembers that the apartment building where she spent her early childhood was full of Holocaust survivors. "Most of them had tattoos on their arms and for me there was a feeling that all of these people had a story to tell. These were interesting formative experiences." Both of her parents worked full-time so she frequently moved back and forth from her home in the Bronx, where Heckerling claims she was a latchkey kid sitting at home all day watching television, to her grandmother's home in Brooklyn which she enjoyed much better. Here, she frequented Coney Island and stayed up watching films all night with her grandmother. At this time Heckerling loved television, where she watched tons of cartoons and old black and white movies. Her favorites were gangster movies, musicals, and comedies. She had a particular fondness for James Cagney.

"...when I saw Angels with Dirty Faces, Cagney was walking to the electric chair. Now I never understood what was going on in those movies, I just knew I loved them. I knew something bad was happening because of the music, so I started crying and crying. My mother told me that Cagney was going to the chair because he was a bad guy, and that he was going to die. I didn't know what that was, so she explained dying to me. It seemed pretty horrible, but then my mother told me that he wasn't really going to die because he was in a movie. Well, it just all seemed to click then! That was the way to beat it! I could see James Cagney die a million times, but he was always there. This year [1986] I didn't believe it really happened. I kept expecting Cagney to get up."

After her father passed his CPA exam, the family became more financially stable and moved to Queens, where Heckerling felt more out of place than ever. She did not get along with other kids in her school there, nor did she want to continue to be classmates with them through high school, so she enrolled at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. On her first day of school there, Heckerling realized that she wanted to be a film director. During their first assignment, writing about what they wanted to do in life, Heckerling wrote that she wanted to be a writer or artist for MAD Magazine, which she still reads to this day. She noticed that a boy next to her, that she claimed copied from her papers later on, wrote that he wanted to be a film director.

“I was really annoyed because I thought that if an idiot like that guy could say he wanted to be a director, then so could I, and certainly I should be a director more than he should. It had never occurred to me that that was a job possibility. He put the thought in my head because until then I would never have thought of saying that I wanted to do that; it didn’t seem to be one of the jobs in the world that could be open to me.” At this time, Heckerling also joined the Museum of Modern Art, where she frequented screenings of old movies on weekends.

She graduated from high school in 1970, now focused on directing, and went on to study film at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her father made just slightly over the cut-off for financial aid for the school so Heckerling had to take out a large loan to cover her expenses, which she claims caused considerable stress in her life and she did not pay them off until the end of her twenties. When Heckerling was in high school and focused on directing, her father was opposed, wishing that she had chosen a more practical aspiration. Despite this, he gifted Heckerling Parker Tyler's book Classics of the Foreign Film: A Pictoral Legacy. Heckerling poured through the book, marking off films that she had seen as she went, until she had watched almost all of them. She claims that by the time she got to NYU, because of this book, she had seen almost all of the films that they had to watch in her classes. Though Heckerling considered her time at NYU to be a great time where she learned a lot and made great connections, such as Martin Brest and noted screenwriter and satirist Terry Southern who was one of her professors, she later reflects on her time at the school as sloppy and unprofessional, claiming that she used very low-quality equipment and had a lot of technical problems. During her time at NYU Heckerling was making mostly musicals. "I was the only one doing them and they were weird. It was the mid-70s and it was a bizarre combination of long hair with bell bottoms, the tail end of the hippie movement at its schlumpiest. With this, I sort of infused a 1930s idiotic grace that didn't go with the post-Watergate mentality that was prevalent at the time. They were weird films, but they got me into AFI."

After graduating from NYU, Heckerling decided that she wanted to follow her friend Martin Brest to the American Film Institute in Los Angeles where she felt there would be more opportunities to break into the business. Heckerling experienced severe culture shock upon moving to LA from NYC, especially because she had never learned to drive before but was still used to navigating the city, free to go wherever she wanted due to NYC's public transportation. When she did eventually learn to drive, she came around to LA life and started working. Her first studio job was lip-syncing dailies for a television show, where she started making connections in the business. During her second year at AFI, Heckerling made her first short film, Getting it Over With, about a girl that wants to lose her virginity before she turns twenty and the adventures she has before midnight of her twentieth birthday. Heckerling continued to work on the film after she graduated from AFI with her MFA, using the editing studios at night to finish the project after work. As soon as she finished the edit and sent it away to be precessed, she was in a car collision with a drunk driver who hit the side of her car, landing her in the hospital with a collapsed lung, bruised kidney, and mild amnesia, causing her to be fired from her editing job because she could not remember where certain footage was. In an interview with Michael Singer, when asked about film's ability to grant a form of immortality, Heckerling describes the experience during the accident as: “There was the whole thing-the yellow light and all that stuff-and what went through my mind right then was, ‘Well, at least I got the film to the lab.’ So it’s not going to save you from anything, obviously, but something about it pulls you forward.” Eventually, she finished the film and held a screening that gained a very positive response, causing Heckering to call it one of the best days of her life. Her next step was to use the film to get a job. Tom Mount, president of Universal Pictures, showed a lot of interest in Heckerling but because she was not backed by an agent they could not hire her. After months of struggling to find an agent, Mount called Heckerling up on the phone and asked her to make a film.

Heckerling dated friend and fellow film director Martin Brest briefly when she first moved to Los Angeles. Though they later broke up, they remained good friends. Heckerling has married twice, first to David Brandt in 1981, who Heckerling claimed yelled at her a lot, especially while editing Fast Times at Ridgemont High. "I was fighting with my husband all the time, so the main thing was getting the phone out of the editing room, because he kept calling me and harassing me, then he'd come stomping in unannounced and yell at me." They were divorced in 1983. In 1984, Heckerling briefly married director Neal Israel, though they divorced soon after. The couple had a daughter, Mollie Israel, in 1985. Heckerling has included Mollie in some of her films in bit parts, including Look Who's Talking and Loser, though Heckerling claims that her daughter never wanted to be a "girly girl" and distanced herself from much of her work, never adding any input to the lives of characters such as those in '’Clueless'’. Despite this, the two get a long very well and Mollie frequently introduces her mother to new music, such as OK Go and films. Today Mollie sings in the band The Lost Patrol. Heckerling lives in both Los Angeles and New York and continues to make films and do what she loves. Heckerling is one of the few women to have directed multiple box-office hits. When asked about the fact that only 5% of movies are directed by women, Heckerling states:

"It's a disgusting industry. I don't know what else to say. Especially now. I can't stomach most of the movies about women. I just saw a movie last night. I don't want to say the name – but again with the fucking wedding and the only time women say anything is about men."

Ses meilleurs films

Allô maman, ici bébé (1989)
(Réalisatrice)
Bonjour les vacances 2 (1985)
(Réalisatrice)
Allô maman, c'est encore moi (1990)
(Réalisatrice)

Le plus souvent avec

Twink Caplan
Twink Caplan
(6 films)
Wallace Shawn
Wallace Shawn
(3 films)
Neal Israel
Neal Israel
(3 films)
Brian Backer
Brian Backer
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmographie de Amy Heckerling (13 films)

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Actrice

Clueless
Clueless (1995)
, 1h37
Réalisé par Amy Heckerling
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie, Comédie romantique, Romance
Thèmes L'adolescence, Le thème de l'éducation, L'enfance, Sexualité, Homosexualité, Buddy movie, Teen movie, LGBT, LGBT
Acteurs Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Donald Faison, Breckin Meyer
Rôle Maid of Honor (uncredited)
Note68% 3.402533.402533.402533.402533.40253
Cher est une jeune fille qui vit avec son père, un avocat de Beverly Hills. Elle régente la vie de ses proches, mais oublie son propre bonheur.
Série noire pour une nuit blanche, 1h55
Réalisé par John Landis
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Comédie, Action
Acteurs Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Farnsworth, Dan Aykroyd, David Bowie, David Cronenberg
Rôle La serveuse du bar Ships
Note65% 3.25033.25033.25033.25033.2503
Ed Okin souffre d'insomnie et mène une vie terne avec une épouse qui le trompe. Une nuit, pour tromper l'ennui, il se rend à l'aéroport. Alors qu'il est stationné dans le parking souterrain, une jeune femme poursuivie par des hommes se réfugie dans sa voiture. Il se retrouve entraîné dans une sombre histoire de vol d'émeraudes.

Réalisatrice

Trop jeune pour elle, 1h37
Réalisé par Amy Heckerling
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie, Comédie romantique, Romance
Acteurs Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd, Sarah Alexander, Stacey Dash, Jon Lovitz, Fred Willard
Note59% 2.999552.999552.999552.999552.99955
Rosie 40 ans et divorcée, est la productrice d'une série télévisée en perte de vitesse et assume mal le fait de commencer à vieillir. Elle engage pour la série un nouvel acteur de 29 ans, Adam, qui redynamise les audiences. Une attirance mutuelle naît rapidement entre eux mais Rosie s'inquiète de leur différence d'âge.
Loser
Loser (2000)
, 1h32
Réalisé par Amy Heckerling
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie, Comédie romantique, Romance
Acteurs Jason Biggs, Mena Suvari, Greg Kinnear, Jimmi Simpson, Zak Orth, Thomas Sadoski
Note52% 2.649942.649942.649942.649942.64994
C'est l'histoire de Paul Tannek, un jeune provincial, qui quitte sa campagne pour la grande ville de New York, afin de continuer ses études à l'université. Son style campagnard, son air idiot, sa naïveté et le besoin d'étudier pour conserver sa bourse d'étude, attirent les moqueries de ses trois colocataires, petits gosses de riches, qui considèrent la fac comme un lieu de fêtes et de débauches. Un jour, lors de son cours de littérature, il fait la connaissance de Dora Diamond, étudiante qui entretient une relation amoureuse compliquée avec le professeur de ce cours, Mr Alcott, et qui est obligée de chercher du travail, après avoir perdu son précédent boulot comme serveuse dans une boîte de strip-tease, pour pouvoir continuer à financer ses études. Séduit par Dora, Paul va tenter de se débarrasser de son image de loser pour la conquérir.
Une Nuit au Roxbury, 1h22
Réalisé par John Fortenberry, Amy Heckerling
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Musical, Romance
Thèmes Buddy movie
Acteurs Molly Shannon, Loni Anderson, Dan Hedaya, Jennifer Coolidge, Chris Kattan, Will Ferrell
Note62% 3.1490353.1490353.1490353.1490353.149035
Enfin, apres sept ans d'effort, les freres Butabi viennent de decrocher leur diplome de fin d'etudes. Ils vont pouvoir realiser leur reve: devenir les princes des nuits chaudes de Los Angeles. Steve et Doug se presentent donc au portes du tres select Roxbury Club et se font envoyer immediatement sur les roses. Mais le hasard d'une rencontre avec Richard Grieco, un habitue des lieux, leur offre l'occasion d'acceder enfin a ce lieu peuple de creatures de reve. Commence alors pour les deux freres une laborieuse ascension vers le monde de la nuit.
Clueless
Clueless (1995)
, 1h37
Réalisé par Amy Heckerling
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie, Comédie romantique, Romance
Thèmes L'adolescence, Le thème de l'éducation, L'enfance, Sexualité, Homosexualité, Buddy movie, Teen movie, LGBT, LGBT
Acteurs Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Donald Faison, Breckin Meyer
Note68% 3.402533.402533.402533.402533.40253
Cher est une jeune fille qui vit avec son père, un avocat de Beverly Hills. Elle régente la vie de ses proches, mais oublie son propre bonheur.
Allô maman, c'est encore moi, 1h21
Réalisé par Amy Heckerling
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Romance
Thèmes La grossesse, Sexualité
Acteurs John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis, Elias Koteas, Twink Caplan, Gilbert Gottfried
Note47% 2.354522.354522.354522.354522.35452
Mikey a maintenant 3 ans. James, son baby-sitter bien-aimé, provisoirement chauffeur de taxi, a épousé Mollie, sa mère, femme d'affaires de grand talent. Mollie annonce un beau jour à son époux qu'elle attend un bébé. Neuf mois plus tard, la petite Julie voit le jour. Mikey n'apprécie guère l'intruse...
Allô maman, ici bébé, 1h38
Réalisé par Amy Heckerling
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie, Comédie romantique, Romance
Thèmes La grossesse, Sexualité
Acteurs John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis, George Segal, Abe Vigoda, Twink Caplan
Note59% 2.9508552.9508552.9508552.9508552.950855
À New York, une belle et jeune comptable, Mollie Jensen, met un terme à sa relation avec un de ses clients, Albert, un homme marié dont elle est la maîtresse. Après 9 mois de grossesse, elle découvre qu'Albert est volage en le surprenant par hasard avec une autre jeune femme dans une cabine d'essayage d'un magasin, juste avant d'éprouver les premières contractions. Devant accoucher, elle hèle un taxi dont le chauffeur, James Ubriacco, devient par la suite le baby-sitter de son fils Mikey, son ami, puis son amant.
Bonjour les vacances 2, 1h34
Réalisé par Amy Heckerling
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Aventure, Policier, Romance
Thèmes Transport, Road movie
Acteurs Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Hill, Jason Lively, Victor Lanoux, Eric Idle
Note61% 3.0996253.0996253.0996253.0996253.099625
La famille Griswold remet ça! Après avoir gagné, de façon étrange, un stupide jeu de cochons (littéralement!!!), les voilà partis pour l’Europe. Ils visiteront Londres, Paris, Berlin et Rome. Mais dans chaque ville, il leur arrivera les traditionnelles péripéties qui doivent nous faire rire et les faire pleurer!
Johnny le dangereux, 1h27
Réalisé par Amy Heckerling
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Comédie, Action, Policier
Thèmes Mafia, Gangsters
Acteurs Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner, Maureen Stapleton, Peter Boyle, Griffin Dunne
Note64% 3.2491353.2491353.2491353.2491353.249135
Dans les années 30 aux États-Unis, un jeune garçon au tempérament vif intègre la mafia locale et devient au fil des années un membre respecté et influent de l'organisation.

Scénariste

Trop jeune pour elle, 1h37
Réalisé par Amy Heckerling
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie, Comédie romantique, Romance
Acteurs Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd, Sarah Alexander, Stacey Dash, Jon Lovitz, Fred Willard
Rôle Auteur
Note59% 2.999552.999552.999552.999552.99955
Rosie 40 ans et divorcée, est la productrice d'une série télévisée en perte de vitesse et assume mal le fait de commencer à vieillir. Elle engage pour la série un nouvel acteur de 29 ans, Adam, qui redynamise les audiences. Une attirance mutuelle naît rapidement entre eux mais Rosie s'inquiète de leur différence d'âge.