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Overview (3)

Born in Cameron, Texas, USA
Birth NameHelen Catherine Hardwicke
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Catherine Hardwicke was born on October 21, 1955 in Cameron, Texas, USA as Helen Catherine Hardwicke. She is a director and production designer, known for Twilight (2008), Thirteen (2003) and Lords of Dogtown (2005).

Trade Mark (5)

Empowered female leads (Miss Bala, Red Riding Hood, Plush, Thirteen)
Frequently casts Nikki Reed (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, Twilight)
Sweeping camera movements with distinctive color palettes
Fast editing with documentary realism
Films deal with the power of friendship through life changing events

Trivia (12)

Graduated from McAllen High School in McAllen, Texas (Class of 1973).
Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.
She was inducted into the Texas Film of Fame in March 2009 in Austin, Texas.
Her most-used phrase on set is "Let's focus, everybody." Catherine says it's because she works with many young people.
Said the first film she ever saw was a scary animated film with an evil snow queen.
Worked as an architect before pursuing a career in film.
Did not attend film school until she was in her late twenties.
Was 48 years old when she directed her first feature-length film.
Directed one Oscar-nominated performance: Holly Hunter's in Thirteen (2003).
The five films that most influenced director Catherine Hardwicke: Angelo My Love (1983) (director: Robert Duvall); Out of the Blue (1980) (director: Dennis Hopper); Heat and Sunlight (1987) (director: Rob Nilsson); Harold and Maude (1971) (director: Hal Ashby); Network (1976) (director: Sidney Lumet).
She met Nikki Reed (co writer of Thirteen) by getting her haircut by Reed's mother.
No relation to Sir Cedric Hardwicke, despite a popular misconception.

Personal Quotes (2)

While working with such big-name directors, she was able to study their techniques: "I always told them I really want to make my own movies, and they were all very generous and gave me tips."
Her time spent with these directors aided her and were able to give her a sense of direction: "As you're riding around with the director location scouting, you hear a lot of conversations and you start piecing them together, so I think that helped me."

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