Nancy Meyers
United States

Waverly Films

Nancy
Meyers

Founder / Director / Producer / Writer

She’s that rarest of Hollywood creatives — a female director-writer-producer who’s also enjoyed considerable success at the box office thanks to such comedy hits as “Something’s Gotta Give,” “The Parent Trap,” “Father of the Bride,” “It’s Complicated” and “What Women Want.”

A director who always writes her own material and screenplays (the sole exception being “What Women Want”) and usually produces, she got her big break teaming with Charles Shyer and co-writing the 1980 Goldie Hawn hit “Private Benjamin,” which won her an Oscar nom for the screenplay. The team went on to do “Irreconcilable Differences,” “I Love Trouble,” “Protocol” and “Baby Boom,” which starred Diane Keaton, and reteamed with Keaton for “Father of the Bride,” which spawned a hit sequel.

Striking out on her own, and ending her partnership with Shyer, she made her directorial debut in 1998 with the $90 million hit “The Parent Trap,” which also saw Lindsay Lohan’s feature film debut. Since then, Meyers has directed only five films but has cornered the market in smart rom-coms that shrewdly don’t ignore the huge AARP audience (2003’s “Something’s Gotta Give,” starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, who were in their early ‘60s and late ‘50s respectively, grossed a stunning $266 million-plus, and her last film, 2015’s “The Intern,” starring Robert De Niro, grossed nearly $200 million). She was a producer on her daughter Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s 2017 film “Home Again,” starring Reese Witherspoon.

Career

  • IT'S COMPLICATED
  • WHAT WOMEN WANT
  • PARENT TRAP, THE (1998)

Education

  • American University (DC, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Variety Billion Dollar Filmmaker

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“Billy Wilder once signed a poster of The Apartment for me and Charles Shyer and on it he wrote, "Keep going".”

What or who inspires you?

“My family.”

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