Rebecca Miller

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Rebecca Miller, Lady Day-Lewis
Rebecca Miller at TIFF 2009.jpg
Born Rebecca Augusta Miller
(1962-09-15) September 15, 1962 (age 53)
Roxbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actress, film director, screenwriter
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Daniel Day-Lewis (m. 1996)
Children 3
Parent(s) Arthur Miller
Inge Morath

Rebecca Augusta Miller, Lady Day-Lewis (born September 15, 1962) is an American film director, screenwriter, author and actress, most known for her films Personal Velocity: Three Portraits, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Angela and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, all of which she wrote and directed. She is the daughter of Magnum photographer Inge Morath and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller.

Early life[edit]

Miller was born in Roxbury, Connecticut, and is the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller and Austrian-born photographer Inge Morath. She has a brother, Daniel, who was born in 1966 with Down Syndrome and was placed in an institution shortly after his birth.[1] Her father was Jewish[2] and her mother was Protestant.[3][4] For a time during her childhood, Miller practiced Catholicism on her own accord;[5][6] she has said that she "stopped thinking of [herself] as a Christian somewhere at the end of college".[7] She was educated at Choate Rosemary Hall and Yale University, where she studied art.[8] She initially pursued an acting career, landing parts in the television movie The Murder of Mary Phagan and the feature films Regarding Henry (1991) and Consenting Adults (1992).


In 1995, she went behind the camera, writing and directing her first film, Angela. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was critically well-received, but did not garner significant attention or audiences.

In 2001, Miller published a collection of short stories called Personal Velocity. The following year she adapted it into a film which she also directed. Personal Velocity: Three Portraits received good reviews and won a number of awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival,[9] the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards as well as a Special Recognition from the National Board of Review for Excellence in filmmaking.

In 2002 she published her second novel The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, which she adapted into a film in 2009 starring Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Julianne Moore. In 2003 she wrote and illustrated Woman Who....[10]

In 2005 she wrote and directed The Ballad of Jack and Rose, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Camilla Belle and Catherine Keener. It received mixed reviews from critics upon its release.[11]

Her latest novel is titled Jacob's Folly and it was released in March 2013.

Her next film is an original screenplay called Maggie's Plan. The ensemble cast includes Greta Gerwig, Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph.[12] It is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of the Special Presentations.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Miller first met her future husband, actor Daniel Day-Lewis, on set during the production of the film adaption of the elder Miller's play The Crucible.[14] They were married on November 13, 1996 and have two sons, Ronan (born June 14, 1998) and Cashel (born May 2002).[15] Since her husband received his knighthood Miller is entitled to the title of Lady Day-Lewis.






  • Personal Velocity (2001)
  • The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2002)
  • Women Who... (2003)
  • The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
  • Jacob's Folly (2013)


  1. ^ Andrews, Suzanna (September 2007). "Arthur Miller's Missing Act", Vanity Fair. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  2. ^ The Atheism Tapes - Arthur Miller - Part 1, YouTube.
  3. ^ Inge Morath obituary, The Telegraph.
  4. ^ Daniel Jeffreys (1996-11-22). "Who's taming whom? - Life and Style". Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived October 28, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "PLAYWRIGHT'S DAUGHTER SEARCHES FOR PEACE", Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek - February 9, 1996
  7. ^ Schappell, Elissa (2013-04-11). "Rebecca Miller on Writing from a Man’s Point of View, Finding Judaism’s "Darker Side," and Exposing Her "Innermost Preoccupations" in Jacob’s Folly". Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  8. ^ Collins, Lauren (23 November 2009). "Metamorphosis", The New Yorker. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  9. ^ Films Honored 1985-2008 Retrieved 26 March 2012.
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  14. ^ Traister, Rebecca (5 April 2005)."Rebecca Miller: Intimate Relations, The Independent. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  15. ^ Rose, Lisa (27 November 2009). Miller is the stepmother of Day-Lewis son,Gabriel-Kane with Isabelle Adjiani. /rebecca_miller_interview_the_p.html "Rebecca Miller interview: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee star tells a universal story, NJ. Retrieved 26 March 2012.

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