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Lili Fini Zanuck
Lili Fini Zanuck in 1990
April 2, 1954
|Occupation||Film producer and director|
(m. 1978; death 2012)
Zanuck's first film with a producing title was the 1985 critical and commercial hit Cocoon which went on to win 2 Academy Awards and earned the Zanucks and David Brown the title Producer of the Year by the National Association of Theater Owners. Lili also oversaw the sequel Cocoon: The Return in 1988.
In 1988, Zanuck and her husband formed The Zanuck Company. The first film they produced was Driving Miss Daisy which went on to win four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, as well as winning Best Picture of the Year (Best Musical of Comedy) by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the National Board of Review. The Zanucks were named Producer of the Year by the Producers Guild of America. Internationally, the film won two Golden Bears at the Berlin Film Festival and was nominated for Best Picture by the British Film Academy.Driving Miss Daisy was a financial success, grossing more than $100 million and ranks as one of the most profitable films in Warner Bros. history.
Zanuck directed the 1991 feature film Rush starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric. The film notably featured the hit song "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton, who also composed the score for the picture. For television, she directed an episode of HBO's From the Earth to the Moon, and three episodes of NBC's six hour event series Revelations starring Bill Pullman.
In May 2015, Zanuck executive produced and directed Bessie which premiered on HBO. She developed the project for over 22 years which was met with critical acclaim, receiving twelve 2016 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Bessie won the 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie and the 2015 Critics Choice Television Award for Best Movie.
Most recently Zanuck directed the documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017 before airing on SHOWTIME in February 2018. The film and Zanuck were Grammy nominated in the category of Best Music Film.
|1985||Cocoon||Producer||Producer of the Year, National Association of Theatre Owners|
|1988||Cocoon: The Return||Producer|
|1989||Driving Miss Daisy||Producer||Best Picture, Academy Awards|
|Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, Producers Guild Awards|
|1992||Rich in Love||Producer|
|2002||Reign of Fire||Producer|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon||Director|
|2000||72nd Academy Awards||Producer||Emmy Award nominee, Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special|
|2015||Bessie||Executive Producer||Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie|
|Critics Choice Television Award for Best Movie|
|2017||Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars||Director||Grammy Award nominee, Best Music Film|
|1999||"Breathe"||Faith Hill||Director||Music Video of the Year, Academy of Country Music|
|1999||"Let's Make Love"||Faith Hill & Tim McGraw||Director|