Daisy von Scherler Mayer
|Daisy von Scherler Mayer|
September 14, 1966 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Film director, television director, screenwriter|
Life and career
Mayer was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of actress Sasha von Scherler (1934–2000) and Paul Avila Mayer (c. 1933 – July 10, 2009), and a granddaughter of screen writer Edwin Justus Mayer.
After contributing to the New York Shakespeare Festival as a teen, Von Scherler Mayer graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in theater and history. Von Scherler Mayer’s experience with theater served as a foundation for her upcoming career as a director, where she would later apply her understanding of stage acting to her work for the screen. Upon graduating from Wesleyan, Von Scherler Mayer went on to direct contemporary interpretations of classic plays such as Euripides' Electra, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Von Scherler Mayer’s feature film directing debut was the critically acclaimed 1995 film Party Girl. She also co-wrote the film, which starred Parker Posey and Von Scherler Mayer’s own mother, with her partner Harry Birckmayer. The success of the film led to a Fox television series starring Christine Taylor.
Since Party Girl, Von Scherler Mayer has been writing and directing films, as well as directing television productions. Von Scherler Mayer directed Madeline, a 1998 film based on Ludwig Bemelmans’ famous children’s books about the adventures of a young redhaired French girl. Madeline starred Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne and Hatty Jones as Madeline.
Von Scherler Mayer is married to film composer David Carbonara; they have two children.
- Party Girl (1995)
- Woo (1998)
- Madeline (1998)
- The Guru (2002)
- More of Me (2007)
- Frenemies (2012)
- Some Girl(s) (2013)
- Aliens in America
- Emily's Reasons Why Not
- The Loop
- Mad Men
- Nurse Jackie
- Jane by Design
- Ben and Kate
- Orange is the New Black
- Daisy von Scherler Mayer Movies & TV, The New York Times
- Daisy Von Scherler Mayer Biography, Tribute.ca
- "Alumni, Film Studies – Wesleyan University". Wesleyan.edu. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Daisy von Scherler Mayer". Filmbug. January 4, 2003. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
- Peter Rainer (June 9, 1995). "This 'Party Girl' Knows How to Have Fun". The Los Angeles Times.
- "Party Girl". The New York Times.