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Damien Chazelle English Actor

Damien Chazelle

Damien Chazelle (Damien Sayre Chazelle) was born on 19 January, 1985. He is a screenwriter and director. Famously known for directing Whiplash (2014) and La La Land (2016), he has had many more movies to his acclaim. Chazelle was born in Providence, Rhode Island in a Roman Catholic family. His mother and father, Celia Chazelle and Bernard Chazelle are both professors by profession. Celia Chazelle is a history professor at The College Of New Jersey and Bernard Chazelle is the Eugene Higgins professor of computer science at Princeton University. Chazelle’s sister, Anna, is a circus performer and an actress. Chazelle didn’t start with filmmaking, even though it was his first love. He wanted to be a musician and tried to make his way through Princeton High School as a jazz drummer. His teacher at the school went on to become his inspiration for the intense Terry Fletcher in his film Whiplash. However, contrary to the protagonist in Whiplash, Chazelle was certain that the talent required for great music,was not present in him. So turning back towards his first love, he graduated in the year 2007, from Harvard University, having studied film making in the Visual and Environmental Studies Department. While at Harvard, he met Jasmine McGlade and the couple married in 2010, their marriage lasted for four years before their divorce in the year 2014. Chazelle’s directorial debut was in the year 2009, with a musical, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench. He was the producer, cinematographer, soundtrack lyricist, and the editor for the musical. In the year 2013, he directed and wrote a short film, Whiplash, which a year later became his breakthrough in film industry. Whiplash was created as a short film to premier at the Sundance Film Festival to raise funds for the film. The same year he worked on the story and screenplay of The Last Exorcism II, and as a writer on Grand Piano. Year 2014 launched him as a director in Hollywood with his film Whiplash. The movie earned an Academy Award nomination for the best-adapted screenplay and BAFTA nominations for best direction and best original screenplay. In 2016, he worked as a co-writer for “10 Clover field Lane” and as the director and writer for the critically acclaimed blockbuster movie “La La Land.” The movie won seven awards at the Golden Globes, 5 of the 11 nominations at the BAFTA and had 14 nominations at the Academy Awards. Chazelle won the best director at the Academy Awards, BAFTA, and the Golden Globes.

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Sam Taylor Johnson

'Sam Taylor Johnson', full name Samantha Louise Taylor Johnson was born on 4th March 1967 in Croydon, London. She is an English filmmaker, Visual Artist, and Photographer. She married 'Aaron Taylor Johnson' in 2012 and previously was with Jay Jopling, from 1997 until they got divorced in 2008. She has a total of four children, two daughters from the art-dealer Jay Jopling and two daughters from the “Nowhere Boy” star Aaron Johnson. Her early life was a little tough as when she was only nine years old, her father left the family. They moved from Croydon to East Sussex after her parents’ divorce. She started her career as a painter and in the early 1990s, began exhibiting fine art photography. One of her most famous work was in collaboration with Henry Bond and was titled 26 October 1993. They portrayed the roles of John Lennon and Yoko Ono few hours before Lennon’s Assassination. She began making multi-screen video works in 1994 after her exhibition of Killing Time. She started gaining recognition in 1996 and was nominated for Turner Prize in 1998 but didn’t win. She won the “The Illy Café” Prize for the Most Promising Young Artist in 1997. She then started working on various projects including photomurals, video portraits, and photographic exhibitions. Her video representations of different Hollywood celebrities crying titled ‘Crying Men’ is considered her best work. It showed stars like Sean Penn, Robin Williams, Paul Newman and others crying. Her Hollywood directorial debut film was Nowhere Boy released in August 2008 which was a biopic of John Lennon’s childhood. She was nominated for the BAFTA award but was unlucky to lose it to Duncan Jones. Here she met Aaron Johnson who she eventually got married to in 2012. She directed the critically acclaimed movie “Fifty Shades Of Grey” which was the Hollywood version of the very successful erotic novel of the same name written by E. L. James. She was in line to direct the sequel “Fifty Shades Darker” but decided against it. She has directed and overseen many short films also like “Death Valley” in 2006, “Love You More” in 2008 and ‘Daydream’ in 2011. She also directed a music video in 2011 which starred Aaron Johnson who was her fiancé at the time.  

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Sam Taylor Johnson English Actor