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 52)
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 (winner of the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award), 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 playwright Arthur Miller and the wife of the British actor Sir Daniel Day-Lewis.

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 was critically well-received, but did not garner significant attention or audiences.

Miller had markedly more success with her 2002 film Personal Velocity: Three Portraits, an adaptation of Personal Velocity, a collection of short stories she had published the previous year. The independent film won her a number of awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival,[9] and established her name as a director. She is the author of the 2003 book Woman Who... and director of the 2005 film The Ballad of Jack and Rose.

Miller's latest film is 2009's The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, which she adapted from her novel of the same name.

Miller is the author of the novel Jacob's Folly, which was released in March 2013.

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.[10] They were married on November 13, 1996 and have two sons, Ronan (born June 14, 1998) and Cashel (born May 2002).[11] Since her husband received his knighthood Miller is entitled to the title of Lady Day-Lewis.






  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][dead link]
  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, Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  10. ^ Traister, Rebecca (5 April 2005)."Rebecca Miller: Intimate Relations, The Independent. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  11. ^ 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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