- 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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