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Joan Tewkesbury



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls
  • Actor
2003
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
No Score Yet Old Boyfriends
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet The Tenth Month
  • Director
1979
94% Nashville
  • Screenwriter
1975
89% Thieves Like Us
  • Lady in Train Station
  • Screenwriter
1974
64% Man's Favorite Sport?
  • Woman in Elevator
1964

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