Joan Tewkesbury

Joan Tewkesbury

Highest Rated: 91% Nashville (1975)

Lowest Rated: 54% Old Boyfriends (1979)

Birthday: Apr 08, 1936

Birthplace: Redlands, California, USA

Joan Tewkesbury parlayed her experience as a stage director into work as a script supervisor for Robert Altman on "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971). Her skills honed in the nurturing womb of New Hollywood, which rejected sexist prohibitions and encouraged collaboration, instinct and improvisation, Tewkesbury found fame at age 40, scripting Altman's Depression era crime drama "Thieves Like Us" (1974) and his Academy Award-winning masterpiece "Nashville" (1975). Suddenly a hot commodity in the film industry, Tewkesbury turned down more jobs than she accepted, ultimately bargaining her way into a bid as a first-time feature director with "Old Boyfriends" (1979), a collaboration with screenwriter brothers Leonard and Paul Schrader. She also continued to work onstage and in television, where she earned high marks for her teleplays "The Tenth Month" (1979), "The Acorn People" (1979), and "Cold Sassy Tree" (1989). Proving herself a reliable director, Tewkesbury helmed episodes of such acclaimed weekly series as "Northern Exposure" (1990-95) and "Chicago Hope" (1994-2000) while contributing a cameo to former mentor Robert Altman's "The Player" (1992). Focusing on theatrical work in later life, Tewkesbury kept a hand in cinema by mentoring young filmmakers via workshops, proving herself less interested in making her reputation than in making a difference.

Highest rated movies

Thieves Like Us



No Score Yet No Score Yet Scattering Dad Director - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet On Promised Land Director - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Texas Wind Director - 1991
No Score Yet 100% Sudie and Simpson Director - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Sassy Tree Director - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Acorn People Director - 1981
54% No Score Yet Old Boyfriends Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tenth Month Director - 1979
91% 84% Nashville Writer - 1975
82% 72% Thieves Like Us Lady In Train Station (as Joan Maguire) (Character),
- 1974


No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guardian Director 2001-2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Director 1999
No Score Yet 60% Felicity Director 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Director,
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1961


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