Terrence Malick

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Terrence Malick
  • Birth Name: Terrence Frederick Malick
  • Birth Place: Ottawa, IL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/30/1943, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Director; Screenwriter
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Terrence Malick Fast Facts:
  • Worked on farms and oil wells growing up in Texas and Oklahoma.
  • Was a star linebacker on his prep-school football team.
  • Did graduate work in philosophy at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship; studied literature at the Sorbonne in Paris.
  • Taught philosophy at MIT and worked as a magazine writer (for Life and Newsweek) in the late 1960s.
  • Was a member of the AFI Center for Advanced Film Studies' first graduating class.
  • Wrote an early draft of Dirty Harry (1971).
  • Financed directorial debut (1973's Badlands) independently, with help from one of his brothers.
  • Much of Days of Heaven, the 1978 Oscar winner for cinematography, was filmed between sunset and nightfall because of the rich and fleeting quality of the natural light at that time of day.
  • Took a 20-year directing hiatus after Days of Heaven, living in Paris much of the time; his comeback film, 1998's The Thin Red Line, earned seven Oscar nominations (but didn't win any). 
  • Hobbies include birdwatching.
  • Terrence Malick Relationships:
  • Emil Malick - Father
  • Larry Malick - Brother
  • Jill Jakes - Ex-wife
  • Alexandra Wallace - Wife
  • Irene Malick - Mother
  • Chris Malick - Brother
  • Michèle Morette - Ex-wife
  • Terrence Malick Awards:
  • 2011 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1979 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1979 Cannes Film Festival: Best Director - Winner
  • 1998 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1998 Oscar: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Nominee
  • College:
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (BA in philosophy, 1965); American Film Institute, Center for Advanced Film Studies, Los Angeles, CA (MFA); attended University of Oxford, Magdalen College, Oxford, England

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