- Three then-unknown "alumni" from her feature directorial debut, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), went on to win Best Actor Oscars: Nicolas Cage for Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland (2006) and Sean Penn for Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008).
- Conceived of the idea for her box-office hit Look Who's Talking (1989) after the birth of daughter Mollie; Heckerling and her then-husband, Neal Israel, would stare at their baby and wonder what she was thinking.
- Coauthored with Pamela Pettler The No-Sex Handbook (1990), a tongue-in-cheek antidating manual.
- Won Best Screenplay honors from the National Society of Film Critics for the 1995 hit Clueless, a comedic update of Jane Austen's Emma.
- Three of her films have been made into TV sitcoms: Fast Times ran for a few weeks in 1986 on CBS; Look Who's Talking became ABC's Baby Talk in 1991; and Clueless aired on ABC from 1996 to '97 and UPN from '97 to '99.
- 1996, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
- Mollie Sara — Daughter
- Bronson Pinchot — Ex-fiancé
- Neal Israel — Ex-husband
- New York University, New York, New York, United States; American Film Institute, Los Angeles, California, United States (MFA, 1974)
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- Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
- Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer
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