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Todd Haynes

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Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA

Birthday: January 2, 1961, Capricorn

Profession: Director, Writer, Producer

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Fast Facts

  • Developed an interest in film at an early age.
  • Made his first film, a 1978 short titled The Suicide, while in high school.
  • In 1987, founded Apparatus Productions, an organization that supports independent filmmaking.
  • Helmed the 1987 biopic Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, which used Barbie and Ken dolls in most of the lead roles.  Carpenter's brother and music collaborator, Richard Carpenter, filed a successful lawsuit against the film. 
  • A fan of Bob Dylan, directed a 2007 film about the singer-songwriter titled I'm Not There, and earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Director for the picture.
  • Directed the 2011 HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce.


  • 2002, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2007, Venice Film Festival — Jury Prize: Winner
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: Nominee
  • 1991, Sundance Film Festival — Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic: Winner
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee


  • Sherry Haynes — Mother
  • Allen Haynes — Father
  • Shawn Haynes — Brother
  • Wendy Haynes — Sister


  • Brown University, Providence, RI (BA in Art and Semiotics, 1985); Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY