Casting director Francine Maisler

Hollywood Awards honoree

Maisler’s aspirations to be a casting director were born, she recalls, while watching James Hayden’s performance in the 1983 Broadway production of “American Buffalo.” How, she thought, could she get others in the creative community to share her excitement for such gifted actors?

With a wide variety of casting accomplishments to her credit, including “The Larry Sanders Show” and films like “Spider-Man,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Collateral,” “The New World,” “21 Grams” and this year’s “Babel” and “Stranger Than Fiction,” Maisler has ably fulfilled that ambition. “In my own small way,” she says, “especially when there is so much competition for so few roles — I help actors secure a part that could possibly change their lives.”

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