Meyers, Nancy: Career

NANCY MEYERS (Director, Writer, Producer) spent two decades writing and producing hit films before making her directing debut in 1998 with a witty update of a classic comedy The Parent Trap, starring Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson and Lindsay Lohan in her first feature film..

For her second outing as a director, the romantic comedy What Women Want, Meyers told the story of a man who could hear the inner thoughts of women. Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt starred as professional rivals who become lovers in the worldwide critical and box office hit.

Meyers next wrote and directed 2003s Somethings Gotta Give, a sophisticated comedy about unexpected love starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves. Keaton earned an Oscar and SAG nomination, and won the Golden Globe Award and the National Board of Review award for her work, while Nicholson was honored with a Golden Globe nomination.

Meyers first credit as co-writer and producer was Private Benjamin, the groundbreaking comedy starring Goldie Hawn as a privileged young widow who impulsively joins the Army. Meyers received an Academy Award nomination as well as the Writers Guild Award for best original screenplay. The movie was a huge box office hit and Hawn received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, while Eileen Brennan was nominated as Best Supporting Actress.

Meyers then co-wrote and produced the critically acclaimed Irreconcilable Differences, a cautionary tale about a family damaged by success. The 1984 film starred Ryan ONeal, Shelley Long and eight-year-old Drew Barrymore. Next came the 1987 romantic comedy Baby Boom, which Meyers also co-wrote and produced. Baby Boom was her first collaboration with Diane Keaton, who starred as a management consultant with a latent maternal side.

In 1991, Meyers and Keaton were reunited for Father of the Bride, with Meyers again a co-writer and producer. Keaton starred opposite Steve Martin in this remake of the 1950 comedy. A box office hit, Father of the Bride spawned a 1995 sequel, which also starred Martin and Keaton.

A Pennsylvania native, Meyers settled in Los Angeles after graduating from American University in Washington, D.C. She is also the mother of two daughters.

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