Audrey Wells

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Audrey Wells
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Audrey Ann Lederer

(1960-01-25)January 25, 1960[1]
DiedOctober 4, 2018(2018-10-04) (aged 58)
  • Screenwriter
  • film director
  • producer
Years active1996–2018
Spouse(s)Brian Larky

Audrey Ann Wells (née Lederer; January 25, 1960 – October 4, 2018) was an American screenwriter, film director, and producer.[2] Her 1999 film Guinevere won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.

Early life[edit]

Wells was born in San Francisco, California, to Austrian-American psychiatrist Wolfgang Lederer and Romanian-American psychologist Alexandra Botwin Lederer; her parents fled World War II-era Europe.


Wells worked as a disc jockey at San Francisco jazz radio station KJAZ FM. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley and UCLA.[3]

She wrote a number of successful screenplays and directed three for which she had created the script. Her works were primarily comedies and romance films. Among her films are The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996) and Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), both of which she also produced. Her 1999 film Guinevere won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival.[4] Wells also co-wrote the script for the comedy The Game Plan.


Wells died of cancer on October 4, 2018. The film The Hate U Give, for which she wrote the screenplay, was released the next day.[5] She is survived by her husband and daughter.[6]

She also wrote the screenplay for the 2020 Netflix/Pearl Studio animated feature Over the Moon, which was dedicated to her memory.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Audrey A Lederer, Born 01/25/1960 in California". Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  2. ^ Rebecca Flint Marx. "Audrey Wells". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013.
  3. ^ Mervosh, Sarah (October 7, 2018). "Audrey Wells, Screenwriter Behind 'The Hate U Give,' Dies at 58". The New York Times. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Turan, Kenneth. "Movie Review : A 'Guinevere' to Capture Any Man's Heart". The Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Stedman, Alex (October 5, 2018). "'The Hate U Give' Screenwriter Audrey Wells Dies at 58". Variety. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Mike Barnes (October 5, 2018). "Audrey Wells, Screenwriter on 'Under the Tuscan Sun' and 'The Hate U Give,' Dies at 58". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 14, 2021.

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