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Audrey Ann Lederer

(1960-01-29)January 29, 1960
Died October 4, 2018(2018-10-04) (aged 58)
  • Screenwriter
  • film director
  • producer
Years active 1996–2018
Spouse(s) Brian Larky
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Audrey Ann Wells (née Lederer; January 29, 1960 – October 4, 2018) was an American screenwriter, film director, and producer. Her 1999 film Guinevere won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.

Early life

Wells was born in San Francisco, California, to Austrian-American psychiatrist Wolfgang Lederer and Romanian-American psychologist Alexandra Botwin Lederer; her parents fled World War II-era Europe.


Wells worked as a disc jockey at San Francisco jazz radio station KJAZ FM. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley and UCLA.

She wrote a number of successful screenplays and directed three for which she had created the script. Her works were primarily comedies and romance films. Among her films are The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996) and Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), both of which she also produced. Her 1999 film Guinevere won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Wells also co-wrote the script for the comedy The Game Plan.


Wells died of cancer on October 4, 2018. The film The Hate U Give, for which she wrote the screenplay, was released the next day. She is survived by her husband and daughter.

She also wrote the screenplay for the 2020 Netflix/Pearl Studio animated feature Over the Moon, which was dedicated to her memory.


  • The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996), writer/executive producer
  • George of the Jungle (1997), co-screenwriter
  • Guinevere (1999), writer/director (feature directorial debut)
  • Disney's The Kid (2000), writer
  • Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), screen story writer/screenwriter/director/producer
  • Shall We Dance? (2004), screenwriter
  • The Game Plan (2007), co-story writer
  • The Fugees (2012), director
  • A Dog's Purpose (2017), co-screenwriter
  • The Hate U Give (2018), screenwriter (film released posthumously)
  • Over the Moon (2020), writer (film released posthumously) - The film was dedicated to her memory.

See also

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