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Richard LaGravenese
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Born in Brooklyn, New York. Graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Experimental Theatre Program.

Screenwriting credits include; THE FISHER KING (directed by Terry Gilliam, Oscar nomination): THE REF, (directed by Ted Demme), A LITTLE PRINCESS (directed by Alfonso Cuaron)… UNSTRUNG HEROES (directed by Diane Keaton)….THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (directed by Clint Eastwood)….THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES (directed by Barbra Streisand)...THE HORSE WHISPERER (directed by Robert Redford) and BELOVED (directed by Jonathon Demme)…

LaGravenese has written and directed: LIVING OUT LOUD starring Holly Hunter, Danny DeVito and Queen Latifah….PARIS J'TAIME, with Fanny Ardent and Bob Hoskins…, FREEDOM WRITERS, starring Hilary Swank and Patrick Dempsey (HUMANITUS Award Winner for Screenplay … and P.S. I LOVE YOU starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Kathy Bates Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon and Harry Connick Jr.

He co-directed and co-produced with Ted Demme the Seventies film documentary A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE (Emmy nomination).

He lives in New York City and Connecticut with his wife and daughter.

Blog Entries by Richard LaGravenese

Freedom Banned

Posted July 1, 2008 | 18:07:04 (EST)

In 1996, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was removed from classrooms after a school board passed a "prohibition of alternative lifestyle instruction" act. Apparently, a young female character disguised as a boy was a danger to the youth of Merrimack, New Hampshire. Although teenagers in the 80's had survived Boy George, for...

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