Donna Deitch

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Donna Deitch
Born (1945-06-08) June 8, 1945 (age 71)
San Francisco, California, US
Occupation Film, television director
Years active 1975-present

Donna Deitch (born June 8, 1945 in San Francisco, California) is an American film and television director best known for her 1986 film Desert Hearts.[1] The film was one of the first film releases to depict a lesbian love story in a generally mainstream, albeit art house, vein but with positive and respectful themes.[1]

Biography[edit]

Career[edit]

Donna Deitch segued from award-winning documentary filmmaker to producing and directing Desert Hearts, the landmark hit of the 1985 Telluride and Toronto International film festivals, and the 1986 Sundance Film Festival. The film was picked up for worldwide distribution by The Samuel Goldwyn Company. Shortly after seeing the film, Oprah Winfrey hired Deitch to direct the Emmy-nominated four-hour mini-series The Women of Brewster Place.

Deitch directed four pilots subsequent to the success of Brewster Place, three of which were picked up for series, including Second Noah. She has directed numerous episodes of one-hour dramas including NYPD Blue, ER, Murder One, Law and Order: SVU, EZ Streets, The Visitor, Dragnet, Crossing Jordan, Heroes, Private Practice, and others. She directed the pilot episode of The N's, South of Nowhere.

She directed Prison Stories: Women on the Inside for HBO; Showtime's The Devil's Arithmetic starring Kirsten Dunst and Brittany Murphy, and Common Ground, written by Terrence McNally, Paula Vogel, and Harvey Fierstein (also for Showtime).

Deitch directed, photographed, and edited Angel On My Shoulder, a feature-length documentary about the experience of her best friend, actress Gwen Welles (Nashville), dying of cancer. The film won the Gold Hugo for Best Documentary at the 1998 Chicago International Film Festival.[2]

She is currently working on obtaining the financing for Blonde Ghost, adapted from the best-selling book, Stella, by Peter Wyden, which takes place in Berlin during World War II. She has recently completed the screenplay.[3]

She is writing a sequel to her 1986 film Desert Hearts.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Her partner is writer Terri Jentz.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Screenwriter Cinematographer Editor Notes
1975 Woman to Woman Yes Yes Yes Yes Documentary
1985 Desert Hearts Yes Yes Cameo appearance: Hungarian Gambler
1994 Criminal Passion Yes
1998 Angel on My Shoulder Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Documentary

Television[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1989 The Women of Brewster Place Miniseries
1990 WIOU 1 episode
1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside TV film. Segment "1"
1991 Veronica Clare 1 episode
1992 Sexual Advances TV Film
1994 A Change of Place TV Film
1994 Robin's Hoods 2 episodes
1995 ER 2 episodes
1995-1997 Murder One 5 episodes
1995-2003 NYPD Blue 13 episodes
1996 Second Noah 1 episode
1996 Moloney 1 episode
1997 Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer Miniseries (final 6 episodes of Murder One)
1997 EZ Streets 1 episode
1997 Total Security 1 episode
1997 The Visitor 1 episode
1997 Dellaventura 1 episode
1998 Nothing Sacred 1 episode
1998 C-16: FBI 1 episode
1999 The Devil's Arithmetic TV Film
2000 Common Ground TV Film
2000-2001 The $treet 2 episodes
2001-2007 Crossing Jordan 9 episodes
2002-2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 3 episodes
2003 Judging Amy 1 episode
2003 Dragnet 1 episode
2004 Wild Card 1 episode
2005 South of Nowhere 2 episodes
2006 Bones 1 episode
2006 Heroes 1 episode
2007 Eureka 1 episode
2009-2010 Private Practice 4 episodes
2010 Grey's Anatomy 1 episode
2010 Army Wives 1 episode
2011 Off the Map 1 episode
2011 A Gifted Man 1 episode
2013 The Glades 1 episode
2016 Greenleaf 1 episode

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1969 Several Friends Short film
1985 Desert Hearts Hungarian Gambler Cameo appearance


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