For over three decades, Nancy Meyers has been writing, directing, and producing films that portray the female experience. Tapping into the very heart of modern relationships, she chronicles women and men, at work and in love, in a singular fashion that makes each film instantly recognizable as a Nancy Meyers movie.
Meyers co-wrote and produced her first film, Private Benjamin, in 1980. The film, starring Goldie Hawn, was a groundbreaking story, as it proved a female lead could open a movie without a male star. The screenplay earned Meyers and her co-writers the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen, and the film earned three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
Recently, when asked about the on-going debate surrounding opportunities for women in film, Meyers responded saying, “There was some research that just came out that showed there were more opportunities for women in 1998 than today. It appears like there are more women making movies today and there is more talk about it, but sadly that’s not the case.”
Following her success on films like Irreconcilable Differences, Baby Boom, and Father of the Bride, Meyers made her directorial debut in 1998 with the Disney classic, The Parent Trap. From there she directed blockbuster romantic comedies such as What Women Want (Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt), Something’s Gotta Give (Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton), The Holiday (Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz), It’s Complicated (Meryl Streep, Steve Martin), and The Intern (Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway).
Both Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton received Golden Globe nominations for their performances in Something’s Gotta Give, and Keaton won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy. Keaton was also nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Erica Barry in the film.
Through Meyers’ successful body of work she has consistently proven that it is possible to create female driven stories with humor and heart. All of Meyers’ films are impeccably acted and showcase her ability to write sophisticated comedies and complex characters.
Nancy Meyers is one of the most celebrated writers, directors, and producers in the entertainment industry, and the Napa Valley Film Festival is proud to honor her on Thursday, November 9 as the Charles Krug Legendary Filmmaker.