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Overview (2)

Born in Ashland, Kentucky, USA
Birth NameMary Allison Anders

Mini Bio (1)

Anders weathered a rough childhood and young adult life which not only encouraged an escapist penchant for making up characters but also an insider's sympathy for the strong but put-upon women who people her films. Growing up in rural Kentucky, Anders would always remember hanging onto her father's leg at age five as he abandoned her family. Traveling frequently with her mother and sisters, Anders would later be raped at age 12, endure abuse from a stepfather who once threatened her with a gun, and suffer a mental breakdown at age 15. Venturing back to Kentucky from Los Angeles at 17, she would soon move to London to live with the man who would father her first child. Upon her return to the US, Anders finally began to pick up the pieces of her life. She enrolled in junior college and later the UCLA film school and managed when a second daughter came along. Enchanted with _Wim Wenders_' films, she so deluged the filmmaker with correspondence that he gave her a job as a production assistant on his film Paris, Texas (1984). After graduating from UCLA, Anders made her feature writing and directing debut, Border Radio (1987), a study of the LA punk scene, in collaboration with two former classmates. Her first solo effort, Gas Food Lodging (1992), telling of a single mother and her two teenage daughters, and her followup, Mi vida loca (1993), looking at girl gangs in the Echo Park neighborhood of LA where Anders settled, have shown her to be a deeply personal filmmaker who has used her own experience to make grittily realistic, well-observed, gently ambling studies of women coming of age amid tough, sterile social conditions.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Serg Pageen <akakii@chat.ru>

Trivia (6)

Anders was originally scheduled to direct Bastard Out of Carolina (1996) for Showtime Cable TV. She resigned from the project, however, and the film was eventually directed by Anjelica Huston.
Won a MacArthur Fellow "genius" grant in 1995.
Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994.
Did not become seriously interested in film until she was in her early 20s.
Was inspired to become a filmmaker after seeing the work of Wim Wenders.

Personal Quotes (1)

"Theory is important. It breaks down the language of cinema and shows us how to create meaning." (commenting on the benefits of film school).

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