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Jennifer Lee

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Academy Award®- winning Director Jennifer Lee has dedicated her life to the art of storytelling. She earned a BA in English literature from the University of New Hampshire in 1992. She then moved to New York City, where Saturdays at Lincoln Center introduced her to the films of Agnes Varda, the Coen brothers, and Atom Egoyan. Inspired, she made her first short film and fell in love with visual storytelling. She entered Columbia University’s graduate Film program in 2001. Lee co-wrote the screenplay for Oscar®-nominated Wreck-It Ralph for Walt Disney Animation Studios. She received the Annie Award for Best Writing in an Animated Feature Film. While finishing Wreck-It Ralph, Lee was tapped to write the screenplay for Disney’s Frozen. She was also asked to direct the film with animation veteran Chris Buck and became the first female in its 90-year history to direct a feature film for the Walt Disney Animation Studios. In 2013, she was named as one of Variety’s top-ten screenwriters to watch, and Frozen went on to win numerous awards, including a Golden Globe.

Hometown

Los Angeles, California

Kids

1

Fun Facts

  • Where did you study film?

    I studied film at Columbia University's graduate Film program in 2001.

  • What was your first feature-length film?

    Hinged on Stars

  • What was one of your major accomplishments while directing Frozen?

    I became the first female in its 90-year history to direct a feature film for the Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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