Marisa Silver

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Marisa Silver
Born (1960-04-23) April 23, 1960 (age 54)
Shaker Heights, Ohio
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation author, film director, and screenwriter
Spouse(s) Ken Kwapis

Marisa Silver (born April 23, 1960) is an American author, screenwriter and film director.

Silver was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, to Raphael Silver, a film director and producer, and Joan Micklin Silver, a director.

Marisa Silver directed her first film, Old Enough, while she studied at Harvard University. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1984, when Silver was 23. Silver went on to direct three more feature films, Permanent Record (1988), with Keanu Reeves, Vital Signs (1990) and He Said, She Said (1991), with Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins. The latter was co-directed with her husband-to-be, Ken Kwapis.

After making her career in Hollywood, she switched her profession and entered graduate school to become a short story writer. Her first short story appeared in The New Yorker magazine in 2000[1] and subsequently several more stories have been published there.

Silver published the short-story collection, Babe in Paradise, in 2001.[2] That collection was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. A story from the collection was included in The Best American Short Stories 2000. In 2005, W. W. Norton & Company published her novel, No Direction Home.[3] Her novel The God of War was published in April 2008 by Simon & Schuster.

She and Kwapis reside in Los Angeles with their two sons.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Debut Fiction: The Passenger" The New Yorker, June 19, 2000, p. 114. Accessed November 12, 2009
  2. ^ Veale, Scott. "New & Noteworthy Paperbacks", The New York Times, October 6, 2002. Accessed March 16, 2008.
  3. ^ McKenzie, Elizabeth. "'No Direction Home': Random Family", The New York Times, August 14, 2005. Accessed March 16, 2008.
  4. ^ Rochlin, Margy (January 30, 2009). "Keeping Things Human Size, Despite the Stars". The New York Times. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ Alger, Derek (July 1, 2010). "Marisa Silver". Pif Magazine. 

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