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Joan Tewkesbury

  • Highest Rated: 100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls (2003)
  • Lowest Rated: 56% Old Boyfriends (1979)
  • Birthday: Apr 8, 1936
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Joan Tewksbury was eleven years old when she enrolled at the American School of Dance, where she studied on an off-and-on basis for the next six years. In 1947, Tewksbury made her first film appearance as a child ballerina in the MGM feature The Unfinished Dance. She went on to understudy Mary Martin in the Broadway musical Peter Pan, then worked as a stage, film and TV choreographer in the LA area. From 1958 through 1960, she attended drama classes at USC. In 1971, she went to work as a script supervisor for filmmaker Robert Altman. Under his guidance, she matriculated to co-scripter of Thieves Like Us (1974), finally achieving solo screenplay credit for Nashville (1975). After making her film directorial bow with Hempstead Center, a 1974 documentary on the life of Anne Freud, Tewsbury directed her first stage play, Cowboy Jack, and the following year made her feature-film directorial bow with the uneven but stimulating "woman takes charge of her life" drama Old Boyfriends (1979). Busiest as a television director in the past two decades, Tewksbury has helmed such made-for-TV features as The Tenth Month (1979), Wild Texas Wind (1991) and On Promised Land. She has also directed episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (the 1986 revival version), Northern Exposure, Doogie Howser MD and Picket Fences, and was also responsible for the teleplay of the well-received cable-TV movie Cold Sassy Tree (1992). In 1986, she joined the faculty of UCLA, teaching a filmwriting course. Despite her behind-the-camera activities, Joan Tewksbury has never completely abandoned acting; in 1993, she was seen in a cameo in Robert Altman's The Player.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls Actor 2003
No Score Yet On Promised Land Director 1994
98% The Player herself 1992
No Score Yet Strangers Director 1991
No Score Yet Sudie and Simpson Director 1990
No Score Yet Cold Sassy Tree Director 1989
No Score Yet A Night in Heaven Screenwriter 1983
56% Old Boyfriends Director 1979
No Score Yet The Tenth Month Director 1979
91% Nashville Screenwriter 1975
90% Thieves Like Us Lady in Train Station 1974
64% Man's Favorite Sport? Woman in Elevator 1964

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Guardian
2001-2004
Producer Director
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Felicity
1998-2002
Director
  • 2001
  • 1998
82% Picket Fences
1992-1996
Director
  • 1992
No Score Yet Doogie Howser, M.D.
1989-1993
Director
  • 1992
  • 1990
No Score Yet Northern Exposure
1990-1995
Director
  • 1992
  • 1990
83% Shannon's Deal
1989-1991
Director
  • 1991

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