Kathryn Bigelow

Highest Rated: 97% The Hurt Locker (2009)
Birthday: Nov 27, 1951
Birthplace: Not Available
Director Kathryn Bigelow's small but impressive body of work has consistently dealt with issues of violence and tension. Originally trained as a painter, she attended the San Francisco Art Institute and was invited to study at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. She worked as an assistant to the conceptual artist Vito Acconci and later joined a British collective called Art and Language. She did graduate work at Colombia, where she made her first short film, The Set-Up, a deconstruction of film violence, and Bigelow returned to this central theme throughout her unique career in the action genre. Her first feature, The Loveless, was a biker gang movie featuring the acting debut of Willem Dafoe. Teaming up with her frequent writing partner Eric Red, she made the vampire-Western Near Dark and the crime drama Blue Steel. After the mild success of Point Break, she gained some attention in 1995 for Strange Days, which she based on a story by her then-husband, Titanic-director James Cameron. After a brief stint in television (Wild Palms, Homicide: Life on the Street), she took a five-year break from Hollywood, not returning until 2000 to direct The Weight of Water and K-19: The Widowmaker (2002).After a six-year layoff, Bigelow returned with the Iraq War thriller/character study The Hurt Locker, a project that earned her the most overwhelmingly positive notices of her career, as well as an unprecedented win from the Directors Guild for Best Director -- becoming the first woman to ever capture that prize. She also received a nominations from The Golden Globes, and took home no less than two Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director (another prize that had never before gone to a woman), beating out ex-husband James Cameron, who was nominated for his CG juggernaut Avatar.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
71% Triple Frontier Executive Producer 2019
84% Detroit Director Producer $16.8M 2017
90% Cartel Land Executive Producer 2015
91% Zero Dark Thirty Producer Director $95.8M 2013
97% The Hurt Locker Director Producer $15.8M 2009
61% K-19: The Widowmaker Producer Director $35.2M 2002
35% The Weight of Water Director 2001
53% Gang Related Director 1997
61% Strange Days Director 1995
No Score Yet Wild Palms Director 1993
68% Point Break Director Screenwriter 1991
71% Blue Steel Director Screenwriter 1990
88% Near Dark Director Screenwriter 1987
79% Born in Flames Editor 1983
89% Vida Sin Rumbo Screenwriter Director 1983

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2009
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
Appearing
  • 2010
94% Karen Sisco
2003
Director
  • 2004
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Director
  • 1999
  • 1998

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