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Kathryn Ann Bigelow

(1951-08-04) August 4, 1951 (age 70)
Education San Francisco Art Institute (BFA)
Columbia University (MFA)
  • Director
  • producer
  • writer
Years active 1978–present
James Cameron
(m. 1989; div. 1991)

Kathryn Ann Bigelow (born August 4, 1951) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Covering a wide range of genres, her films include Near Dark (1987), Point Break (1991), Strange Days (1995), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), The Hurt Locker (2008), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), and Detroit (2017).

With The Hurt Locker, Bigelow became the first woman to win any of the Academy Award for Best Director, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing, the BAFTA Award for Best Direction, and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Director. She also became the first woman to win the Saturn Award for Best Director in 1995 for Strange Days.

She was a member of the 2010 Time 100 list of most influential people of the year. Bigelow was married to fellow director James Cameron from 1989 to 1991.

Early life and education

Bigelow was born in San Carlos, California. She attended Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, CA. Bigelow's early creative endeavors were as a student of painting. She enrolled at San Francisco Art Institute in the fall of 1970 and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in December 1972. While enrolled at SFAI, she was accepted into the Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program in New York City.

Bigelow entered the graduate film program at Columbia University, where she studied theory and criticism and earned her master's degree. She also taught at the California Institute of the Arts. While working with Art & Language, Bigelow began a short film, The Set-Up (1978), which found favor with director Miloš Forman, then teaching at Columbia University, and which Bigelow later submitted as part of her MFA at Columbia.

In the early 1980s, Bigelow modeled for a Gap advertisement.

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