Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal
|Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal|
March 4, 1946
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Barnard College (BA)
Columbia University (MA)
(m. 1965; div. 1977)
(m. 1977; div. 2009)
Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal (née Achs; born March 4, 1946) is an American screenwriter and director.
Early life and education
Gyllenhaal was born in New York City, the daughter of doctors Ruth (born Silbowitz) (1920-1968) and Samuel Achs (1919-2014), and is Jewish. Her aunt was Freda (Silbowitz) Hertz (1915–2013), a lawyer. She was raised in a family of "high-achieving New York Jews". Her grandparents immigrated from Eastern Europe (Russia and Poland).
She has written the screenplays for several feature films, including Running on Empty (for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and won a Golden Globe Award for the same category), Losing Isaiah, and most recently Bee Season. She was the Naomi referenced in the line "...what about Naomi?" at the end of each Love of Chair segment of The Electric Company, where she was an associate producer for two seasons.
In 2013, she made her directorial debut with Very Good Girls, starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival before attaining online and theatrical distribution in the U.S. with Tribeca Film. She is currently collaborating on a script for an American-Chinese co-production titled Moon Flower and the Flying Tigers.
Naomi Gyllenhaal's first husband was Eric Foner, a historian and Columbia University professor, whom she married in 1965 and divorced in 1977. Her second husband was film director Stephen Gyllenhaal, whom she married in 1977 and from whom she divorced in 2009. They have collaborated professionally and have two children together, actors Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal.
- The year of Jake Gyllenhaal | The Times of Israel
- "Paid Notice: Deaths ACHS, ROBERT". The New York Times. 2005-07-03. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
- "DR. RUTH ACHS, 48, PEDIATRICIAN,DIES". The New York Times. 1968-09-29. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
- Freda Silbowitz Obituary retrieved 3/8/2015
- "A New York Times Sponsored Archive: Bee Season". The New York Times.
- Stated on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., PBS, April 22, 2012
- Contemporary Authors New Revision Series: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to ... - Linda Metzger, Deborah Straub, Peter M. Gareffa - Google Books
- Jake Gyllenhaal Opens Up About His Parents' Divorce