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Martha Coolidge
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Filmmaker
    (August 17, 1946- )
    Born in New Haven, Connecticut
    Directed the movies ‘Valley Girl’ (1983), ‘Real Genius’ (1985), ‘Rambling Rose’ (1991), ‘Lost in Yonkers’ (1993), ‘Angie’ (1994), ‘Out to Sea’ (1997), ‘Material Girls’ (2006), and ‘Music, War, and Love’ (2018)
    Directed the made-for-TV movies ‘Bare Essentials’ (1991), ‘Crazy in Love’ (1992), ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge’ (1999) and ‘If These Walls Could Talk 2’ (2000)
    Directed episodes of ‘Sex and the City,’ ‘Weeds,’ and ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’
    Distantly related to President Calvin Coolidge
    Before the success of ‘Valley Girl,’ she lived in a friend’s garage.
    She could get financing for ‘Valley Girl’ only after promising to include four scenes with exposed breasts.
    Most of her movies after ‘Rambling Rose’ have been critical duds, with ‘Material Girls’ landing on Rotten Tomatoes list of the 100 worst-reviewed films of the 2000s.
    She was raped when she was sixteen years old.
    She was an intern at Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios.
    She won Best Director at the Independent Spirit Awards for ‘Rambling Rose.’
    She was the first female president of the Directors Guild of America (2002-03).

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