Marielle Heller

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Marielle Heller
Marielle Heller - Maryland Film Festival - 2016 (30354425543) (cropped).jpg
Heller at Maryland Film Festival in 2016
Born October 1, 1979 (1979-10) (age 38)
California, U.S.
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, actress
Years active 2001–present
Jorma Taccone (m. 2007)
Children 1

Marielle Heller (born October 1, 1979) is an American writer, director, and actor.[1] She is the writer and director of the feature film The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Personal life[edit]

Heller was born in California. She studied theatre at UCLA and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[2] Additionally, she was honored with the Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship, and The Maryland Film Festival Fellowship.[3]

Heller is married to entertainer Jorma Taccone.[4] Together they have a son, Wylie Red Heller Taccone, born in December 2014.[5]


The Diary of a Teenage Girl[edit]

The Diary of a Teenage Girl is Heller's debut film, that she both wrote and directed, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2015. The film later received a limited release in August 2015. It is based on the 2002 graphic novel titled The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures by Phoebe Gloeckner.[6] The film stars Bel Powley as Minnie, a 15-year-old girl living in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1976 who begins an affair with her mother's 35 year-old boyfriend Monroe.

Before adapting the graphic novel to a film script, Heller had adapted the novel into an off-broadway play.[4] She was selected as a 2012 Sundance Screenwriting Fellow and 2012 Sundance Directing Fellow,[7] where she had submitted the script for the Sundance writer and director workshop. She then proceeded to direct a teaser for the film using grant money from the writer's workshop. The film received critical acclaim at Sundance, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. The film also won the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015.[citation needed][8] Heller states that she was interested in first turning the novel into a play and later a film because the character of Minnie is a young woman who is confident in her sexuality, and that Heller wanted to portray her because of a lack of films in which young women are represented in such a way.[4]

Other projects[edit]

Heller's writing credits include pilots for ABC and 20th Century Fox, and multiple screenplays and theatrical plays, including a pilot for ABC's The Big Apple and a movie for Disney, titled Renegade X. [2]

In January of 2018, it was announced that Heller would direct a biopic about Fred Rogers called You Are My Friend with Tom Hanks portraying Mr. Rogers.[9]


Title Year Type Role
White Power 2001 TV short Actress
Spin City 2002 TV series Actress, as Carrie
The Liberation of Everyday Life 2004 Short Actress, as Flora
Awesometown 2005 TV short Actress, as Waitress
All-For-Nots 2008 TV series Actress, as Heather
Single Dads 2009 TV series Actress, as Jill
MacGruber 2010 Film Actress, as Clocky
Paper Anchor 2013 Film Actress, as Caroline
A Walk Among the Tombstones 2014 Film Actress, as Marie Gotteskind
The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015 Film Director and writer
Transparent 2015 TV series Director
Can You Ever Forgive Me?[10] 2018 Film Director
You Are My Friend 2019 Film Director


  1. ^ "Interview: Marielle Heller on Seeing Herself in "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"". The Moveable Fest. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Marielle Heller | Playscripts, Inc". Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  3. ^ "MD Film Fest | About The Festival | Producers Club". Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  4. ^ a b c ""The Diary of a Teenage Girl" Director Marielle Heller Is Here to Remind You: Women Have Sexual Thoughts Too". Cosmopolitandate = 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  5. ^ Goldstein, Gregg. "10 Directors to Watch: Secrets of Marielle Heller's Sundance 'Diary'". Variety. 
  6. ^ "'Diary of a Teenage Girl' challenged perceptions of young women and sex". Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  7. ^ "MARIELLE HELLER AT THE SUNDANCE DIRECTORS LAB, PART ONE | Filmmaker Magazine". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  8. ^ "Prizes & Honours 2015". Retrieved 2018-07-11. 
  9. ^ "Soulful, Inspiring Mister Rogers Movie Trailer Just Might Make You Cry". Vanity Fair. March 20, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2018. 
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (May 31, 2016). "Melissa McCarthy to Play Novelist and Literary Forger Lee Israel (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 

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