July 16, 1958 |
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Alma mater||Yale University|
|Occupation||Film director, film producer, television director, television producer, university professor|
Early life and education
Talalay's parents are English. She was raised mostly in the United States, with two years of her childhood in England. Talalay attended Yale, where she majored in mathematics. She also ran the Yale film society.
Talalay has worked in number different capacities in filmmaking before making her directorial debut with the film Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991). Talalay also worked on the first two movies about Freddy Krueger. Her work with the earlier Freddy movies utilized her computer skills and finding ways to create better special effects while still keeping costs low. Despite her familiarity with the Freddy movies, when she directed Freddy's Dead, she was given internal memos telling her not to be "too girly" or "too sensitive."
Talalay also directed Tank Girl in 1995, and was looking into re-optioning the rights to make a new film in 2008. As a film producer, Talalay worked with director John Waters on the films Hairspray (1988) and Cry-Baby (1990). She was also a production assistant on Waters' 1981 film Polyester.
Talalay states that ever since Doctor Who was revived in 2005, she wanted to work on the show. Talalay directed the Series 8 finale episodes, "Dark Water" and "Death in Heaven". She returned for Series 9, directing that season's finale episodes "Heaven Sent" and "Hell Bent".
|1988||A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master||
|1991||Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare||
|1993||Ghost in the Machine||
|2003||A Tale of Two Wives||
|2006||The Wind in the Willows||
- Ally McBeal
- Boston Public
- Cold Case
- Crossing Jordan
- The Dead Zone
- Dice (TV miniseries)
- The Division
- Doctor Who ("Dark Water" / "Death in Heaven", "Heaven Sent", "Hell Bent")
- Durham County
- The Flash
- Kyle XY
- Life as We Know It
- Legends of Tomorrow
- Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000)
- Sex, Love & Secrets
- State of Grace
- Supergirl 
- Terminal City
- That's Life
- The Flash
- Touching Evil
- What About Brian
- Without a Trace
- Wolf Lake
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