Adrian Lyne

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Adrian Lyne
Born (1941-03-04) 4 March 1941 (age 74)
Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1976 – present
Spouse(s) Samantha Lyne

Adrian Lyne (born 4 March, 1941) is a British film director, writer, and producer. He is best known for directing films that focus on sexually charged stories and characters, and often uses natural light. He was the creative force behind some of the most talked-about movies of the 20th Century, like Fatal Attraction, 9 1/2 Weeks, Flashdance, Indecent Proposal, Jacob's Ladder and Unfaithful.


Born in Peterborough, England and raised in London, Lyne attended the Highgate school, where his father was a teacher. In his twenties, he played trumpet with the jazz group, The Colin Kellard Band. An avid moviegoer during his school days, he was inspired to make his own films by the work of French New Wave directors like Godard, Truffaut and Chabrol. Two of his early short films, "The Table" and "Mr. Smith," were official entries in the London Film Festival.

Lyne made his feature filmmaking debut in 1980 with Foxes, a perceptive look at the friendship of four teenage girls growing up in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley, starring Jodie Foster. His next film, 1983's "Flashdance", is an innovative blend of rock 'n' roll, new dance styles, and breathtaking imagery. Lyne's bravura visuals, perfectly wedded to Giorgio Moroder's powerful score, propelled the story of an aspiring ballerina (Jennifer Beals, in her film debut) who works in a factory by day and dances in a club at night. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, with the theme song, "What a Feeling", winning the Oscar for Best Song.

In 1986, Lyne attracted controversy with 9 1/2 Weeks. Based on a novel by Elizabeth McNeill, the tale of a sexually obsessive relationship starred Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. Although considered too explicit by its American distributor, and cut for U.S. release, it became a huge hit abroad in its unedited version. Lyne's fourth film was the blockbuster Fatal Attraction, which to date has generated over $600 million in revenues worldwide. The story of a happily married lawyer (Michael Douglas) who tries to break off an affair with an attractive single woman (Glenn Close), only to have her become obsessed with him and endanger his family, the film struck a chord with audiences and was one of the most successful films of the year. Deemed "the zeitgeist hit of the decade" by TIME Magazine, Fatal Attraction earned six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Glenn Close), Best Supporting Actress (Anne Archer), Best Screenplay and Best Editing.

In 1990, Lyne made Jacob's Ladder. Written by Academy Award-winner Bruce Joel Rubin ("Ghost") and starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pena and Danny Aiello, the film took audiences on a tortuous ride through Vietnam veteran Jacob Singer's (Robbins) nightmarish world of reality and unexplainable hallucinations to reveal a surprise twist ending. The film won Best Picture at the Avoriaz Film Festival. With "Indecent Proposal", Lyne examined how the sexes look at relationships and money. Starring Robert Redford, Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore, "Indecent Proposal" became a worldwide hit.

His version of Lolita, based on the modern classic novel by Vladimir Nabokov and starring Jeremy Irons, was filmed for theatrical release, but American distributors shied away from it due to its controversial subject matter. The film premiered on Showtime, and was so well-received that national theatrical distribution soon followed. His next and currently last film, Unfaithful, was loosely based on Claude Chabrol's "La Femme Infidèle". The movie stars Richard Gere and Diane Lane in a disturbing story of a marriage in trouble. Lane received much praise for her performance. She won awards for best actress from the National Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics, and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Actress.

When not working in the United States, Lyne lives with his family in a rural village in Southern France.

Personal life[edit]

Lyne was educated at Highgate School in North London;[1] he had a younger brother, Professor Oliver Lyne (1944-2005), who was an academic at Oxford University.[2]


As director:


  1. ^ Highgate School Register 7th Edn 1833-1988, Ed. Patrick Hughes & Ian F Davies 1989
  2. ^ Currie, Bruno (1 April 2005). "Professor Oliver Lyne: Olympian Balliol classicist". The Independent. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 

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