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Encyclopedia > Taylor Hackford
Taylor Hackford
Birth name Taylor Edwin Hackford
Born December 31, 1944 (1944-12-31) (age 62)
Santa Barbara, California
Spouse(s) Lynne Littman
Helen Mirren (1997-)

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Contents

Biography

Hackford served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia in the 1960s. It has been suggested that Crisis corps be merged into this article or section. ...


Hackford graduated from USC's School of Cinema-Television in 2000. In a recent interview, he confirmed that he never attended film school, "When I finish a film, I put it away and I never look at it again. Occasionally I do now because of the DVDs and the commentary tracks. I usually put it aside and go onto the next. I never went to film school. I worked for the KCET public television station in L.A. I worked in concerts. I have done a lot of music. I feel very comfortable shooting music, and I think you can see that." [1] The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan located in the center of University of Southern California campus. ...


On April 11, 2006 Hackford announced that he would be making his directorial debut on Broadway by brining the 1992 Steve Martin film Leap of Faith to the stage as a Broadway musical. The score was written by Alan Menkin with lyrics by Glenn Slater, and is aiming for a 2007-2008 season debut. Hackford chose "Leap of Faith" even though he had previously been offered the opportunity to bring his film Ray to the stage. "What got me here was Alan Menken's score and how it so beautifully fit the book," Hackford said.[2] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Alan Menken (born July 22, 1949) is an American Broadway and Academy Award winning film score composer and pianist. ... Glenn Slater wrote the lyrics to Alan Menkens music in Home on the Range. ...


Awards

  • Hackford received an Oscar in 2000 for the short film Teenage Father.
  • He received two Oscar nominations in 2004 for the Ray Charles biopic Ray.
  • He was awarded the 2005 Film Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing.

Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... This name for the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film was introduced in 1974. ... Ray Charles was the stage name of Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), a pioneering American pianist and soul musician who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues. ... A biographical film or biopic is a film about a particular person or group of people, based on events that actually happened. ... Ray is a 2004 biographical film focusing on thirty years[2]of the life of legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. ...

Trivia and Personal Information

  • Hackford met future wife Helen Mirren when he was directing her in White Nights and their first meeting did not go well. He kept her waiting to audition for White Nights, and she was icy. “It was a strange way to meet Helen, because she is a lovely person,” says Hackford, “but she didn’t hold back her fury.” [3]
  • Hackford and Mirrem wed in 1997 after 12 years together. As a young woman Mirren had vowed never to marry. [4]
  • Richard Gere balked at shooting the ending of Hackford's movie An Officer and a Gentleman where his character arrives at his lover's factory wearing his naval dress whites and carries her off from the factory floor. Gere thought the ending wouldn't work because it was too sentimental. Hackford was initially inclined to agree with Gere until during a rehearsal the extras playing the workers began to cheer and cry. When Gere saw the scene later with the music underneath it at the right tempo, he said it sent chills up the back of his neck. Gere is now convinced Hackford made the right decision.[5]
  • Hackford kept Lou Gossett Jr. in separate living quarters from the other actors during An Officer and a Gentleman so he could intimidate them more during his scenes as a drill instructor.[6]
  • Hackford discusses his movie The Idolmaker: "I make films about working-class people; show business is one of those things through which people can get themselves out of the lower rung of society. To me, the compelling story in "The Idolmaker" is the guy with a wonderful talent and a fairly strong ego has [that] to make it happen through puppets." [7]
  • Hackford discusses his movie Ray: "My proudest moments in "Ray" were in those 'chitlin' clubs. Ray Charles ended his life in concert halls, where people would go in tuxedos and quietly listen to a genius perform. But in these clubs, he had to get people up dancing. What I tried to create was a little of that energy and exuberance. The great thing about music is when you can get people on their feet." [8]

Dame Helen Mirren DBE (born on July 26, 1945) is an Academy Award-winning English stage, television and film actress. ... The White Nights are a short late Spring and early Summer period in high latitude areas in the few weeks around the Summer solstice in June. ... An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 film which tells the story of a United States Navy aviation Officer Candidate who comes into conflict with the Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who trains him. ... The Idolmaker is a 1980 musical drama starring Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher, Tovah Feldshuh, Joe Pantoliano, Maureen McCormick, Paul Land, Olympia Dukakis, John Aprea, Steven Apostle Peck, Richard Bright and Deney Terrio. ... Ray is a 2004 biographical film focusing on thirty years[2]of the life of legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. ...

Filmography

Director and producer

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Director

Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... The Idolmaker is a 1980 musical drama starring Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher, Tovah Feldshuh, Joe Pantoliano, Maureen McCormick, Paul Land, Olympia Dukakis, John Aprea, Steven Apostle Peck, Richard Bright and Deney Terrio. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 film which tells the story of a United States Navy aviation Officer Candidate who comes into conflict with the Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who trains him. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Charles Edward Anderson Chuck Berry (born October 18, 1926 in St. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Blood In Blood Out (also known as Bound by Honor) is a 1993 film directed by Taylor Hackford. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

Producer

La Bamba is an American biographical film released in 1987 written and directed by Luis Valdez. ... The Long Walk Home was a 1990 film starring Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg. ... When We Were Kings is a 1996 documentary film directed by Leon Gast about the famous Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight championship match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman held in Zaïre on October 30, 1974. ...

Actor

  • Bukowski: Born into This — Himself (2003)

Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

  • "Notable Former Volunteers / Arts and Literature". Peace Corps official site. Accessed 5 January 2007.

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External links


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