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  • 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


  • Neal Israel — Ex-husband
  • Bronson Pinchot — Ex-fiancé
  • Mollie Sara — Daughter


  • New York University, New York, NY; American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA (MFA, 1974)

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  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: May 7, 1954, Taurus
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer
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