Dear Diary (1996 film)

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Dear Diary
Directed by David Frankel
Produced by Barry Jossen
Written by David Frankel
Starring Bruce Altman
Cheryl Freeman
Cinematography Maryse Alberti
Edited by Michael Berenbaum
Distributed by DreamWorks Television
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Running time
38 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Dear Diary was a failed TV pilot, starring Bebe Neuwirth, written and directed by David Frankel and produced by Frankel and Barry Jossen for the new film studio DreamWorks. After being rejected by ABC, it was slightly edited and put into a single Los Angeles theater for a weekend in November 1996, and went on to win an Oscar for Live Action Short Film[1] at the 69th Academy Awards.[2]

According to writer/director Oscar Frankel, the whole thing was a "fluke." Since then the rules have been changed to prevent this sort of thing from ever happening again.


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