Alan Ball

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  • Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Profession: Writer, Producer, Director
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Fast Facts

  • Was greatly affected by witnessing the death of his sister in a car accident when he was 13.
  • Founding member of both the General Nonsense Theater Company in Florida and the Alarm Dog Repertory Theater Company in New York City.
  • Received his first writing job for television after a Hollywood executive saw a production of his play Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.
  • Openly negative about his time writing for the shows Grace Under Fire and Cybill, admitting that his anger from working on the two sitcoms fed his inspiration while writing the Oscar-winning screenplay for American Beauty.

Awards

  • 2000, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 2000, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 1999, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Frank Ball — Father
  • Mary Ball — Mother
  • Mary Ann Ball — Sister

College

  • Attended Universtiy of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, United States; attended Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States

Details

  • Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Profession: Writer, Producer, Director

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