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Cameron Crowe (born July 13, 1957) is an American writer and film director. His films have received high praise for his portrayals of multidimensional characters and funny, true-to-life human interaction.
He was born in Palm Springs, California and was raised in San Diego, California. Although he is now best known as a director, Crowe began work as a music journalist at the age of 15 before becoming a contributing editor for the music magazine Rolling Stone.
His film career was jump-started at the age of 22 when he returned to high school to do research for a book called Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The film adaptation of the same name was equally successful. Cameron Crowe made his directorial debut with the teen romance, Say Anything, a moderately successful cult hit. The film Jerry Maguire launched Crowe into greater recognition, netting five Oscar nominations, including a win for Cuba Gooding Jr for best supporting actor. The mostly autobiographical film Almost Famous and the subsequent American adaptation of Abre los Ojos, Vanilla Sky, starring Tom Cruise, were both also quite successful. Crowe received an Oscar for his screenplay for Almost Famous.
He married the singer Nancy Wilson in 1986 and they have two children.
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) (screenplay)
- The Wild Life (1984)
- Say Anything (1989)
- Singles (1992)
- Jerry Maguire (1996)
- Almost Famous (2000)
- Vanilla Sky (2001)
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