- For her architecture thesis project at the University of Texas, dressed up as a building and pulled off layers to demonstrate the evolution of design.
- Got her start in the film business working as production designer on such movies as The Newton Boys (1998), Three Kings (1999) and Vanilla Sky (2001).
- Collaborated with the then 14-year-old Nikki Reed to write Thirteen (2003), which was her directorial debut.
- Her 2006 biblical film The Nativity encountered controversy when 16-year-old star Keisha Castle-Hughes, who plays Jesus' mother, Mary, announced she was pregnant two months before the movie's release.
- Delivered the highest-grossing opening weekend for a film with a female director with 2008's Twilight.
- 2004, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Nominee
- 2004, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Screenplay: Nominee
- 2003, Sundance Film Festival — Directing Award: Dramatic: Winner
- Jamee Hardwicke — Mother
- Irene Hardwicke Olivieri — Sister
- Jack Hardwicke — Brother
- John Benjamin Hardwicke III — Father
- University of Texas, Austin, Texas, United States (BA in Architecture, 1979); University of California, School of Theater, Film, and Television, Los Angeles, California, United States (MA in Film)
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