James L. Brooks is a director, writer who hails from the American film industry. He was born on May 9th, 1940, in Brooklyn,
, United States and brought up in New Jersey. Both his parents’ occupation were salespersons. The family belonged to the Jewish ancestry. Brooks’ father left his mother when she was pregnant with him and broke all contacts with him. He led a difficult life in his childhood. His older sister, Diane, and his mother brought up Brooks. His mother died when he was 22 years. He dedicated As Good As It Gets to his sister, Diane, who was a very vital part of his life.
As a child, Brooks loved reading books and writing. He completed his schooling at Weehawken High School. He was on the newspaper committee of his school and during this process, met many famous personalities like Louis Armstrong, Sid Caesar, Loony Bruce, and Elaine May. In 1987, Brooks started his career as a writer. He worked as a host on CBS in the city of New York. He worked as a copywriter there. He, eventually, joined the Writers Guild of America and started writing reports on events. He shifted to Los Angeles in 1965 to write documentaries.
He worked as an associate producer in the series, Men In Crisis. He also worked on National Geography Insect Special. He met his friend Burns at a party, and he got him jobs as a script writer. He started writing for That Girl and My Three Sons. He created Room 22, a TV series for ABC. Brooks and Burns got hired for creating The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The show became a success and was the first film to feature an independent woman and not a man in the lead. One of its episodes was also said to be the best TV episodes ever by TV Guide.
He produced and wrote Thursday’s Game and Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, a TV film and a short series released in 1974. In 1978, Brooks started working on feature movies. His first film was Starting Over. He adapted the screenplay from a novel by Dan. Some of his other films include Starting Over, Real Life, Modern Romance, Broadcast News, Big, and The Simpsons Movie. His television shows include October Madness, That Girl, Hey Landlord, Accidental Family, The Critic, and Cindy. Brooks married twice. He first married Marianne Catherine and then married Holy Beth. He is a recipient of three Academy Awards for the movie Terms of Endearment.