Adrian Lyne

  • Birth Place: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Profession: Director
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  • Pursued a career as an accountant. but disliked it. As a result, he entered the world of advertising, which eventually led him to direct TV commercials.
  • Was inspired to become a filmmaker by such French New Wave directors as Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut.
  • Played trumpet in a jazz group during his 20s.
  • Observed teenagers in the classrooms of a San Fernando Valley school prior to filming his first feature, the 1979 slice-of-life film Foxes, which focused on four teen girls.
  • Initially rejected the offer to direct the 1983 hit Flashdance.
  • Turned down the opportunity to direct A Chorus Line, choosing instead to helm 9 1/2 Weeks.
  • Had serious problems finding a distributor for his adaptation of Lolita, which he completed in 1996; the rights were eventually sold to Showtime, which sold the rights to an independent distributor in 1998.


  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1987, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1987, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee


  • Amy Lyne — Daughter
  • Samantha Lyne — Wife

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