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Amy Heckerling

Amy Heckerling’s quirky directorial style and her knack for discovering fresh angles on classic stories led to her popular and critical successes with films like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless. Even as a high school student, Heckerling dreamed of becoming a film director, watching screenings of old movies at the Museum of Modern Art. She studied film at NYU and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. She directed her first feature, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, in 1982, and the film became a cult classic. Her pregnancy inspired her to write, direct, and produce Look Who’s Talking in 1989 and the film’s box office success spawned several sequels and a television show. Clueless, her modern take on Jane Austen’s Emma, became as much a touchstone for teens of that era as Fast Times had been a decade before. She then created another cult classic, A Night at the Roxbury, in 1998. As of 2015, she has branched into writing and directing for television, with stints on Gossip Girl and The Carrie Diaries.

Date of Birth
May 7, 1954
Place of Birth
Bronx, New York

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Amy Heckerling." (Viewed on November 14, 2018) <>.


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