|Born||October 30, 1959|
New York City, U.S.
LaGravenese was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a taxi driver. He is of Italian descent. He graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1980 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting.
In New York City during the early 1980s, billed as "The Double R" comedy duo, in collaboration with playwright Richard O’Donnell, LaGravenese co-penned and consecutively performed in several Off-Off-Broadway productions including Spare Parts, Blood-brothers" at The 78th Street Theatre Lab, The Lion Theatre, and West Bank Cafe.
LaGravanese wrote an adaptation for the famously on-and-off version of the musical Gypsy for Barbra Streisand. In 2015, he revealed that he'd spent several months working on the script with Streisand. "I had the best time with her. I can’t even tell you. It was like a fantasy come true. I did my first draft and went to her house to do rewrites. She’s so meticulous in the best possible way. We went through it page by page by page."
|1989||Rude Awakening||No||Yes||Directed by David Greenwalt and Aaron Russo; co-written with Neil Levy|
|1991||The Fisher King||No||Yes||Directed by Terry Gilliam|
|1994||The Ref||No||Yes||Directed by Ted Demme; co-written with Marie Weiss|
|1995||A Little Princess||No||Yes||Directed by Alfonso Cuaron; co-written with Elizabeth Chandler|
|The Bridges of Madison County||No||Yes||Directed by Clint Eastwood|
|Unstrung Heroes||No||Yes||Directed by Diane Keaton|
|1996||The Mirror Has Two Faces||No||Yes||Directed by Barbra Streisand|
|1998||The Horse Whisperer||No||Yes||Directed by Robert Redford; co-written with Eric Roth|
|Living Out Loud||Yes||Yes|
|Beloved||No||Yes||Directed by Jonathan Demme; co-written with Akosua Busia and Adam Brooks|
|2006||Paris, Je T'aime segment Pigalle||No||Yes|
|P.S. I Love You||Yes||Yes||Co-written with Steven Rogers|
|2010||Conviction||No||Yes||Directed by Tony Goldwyn; co-written with Pamela Gray. (Uncredited as screenwriter).|
|2011||Water for Elephants||No||Yes||Directed by Francis Lawrence|
|Behind the Candelabra||No||Yes||Directed by Steven Soderbergh|
|2014||The Last Five Years||Yes||Yes|
|Unbroken||No||Yes||Directed by Angelina Jolie; co-written with the Coen Brothers and William Nicholson|
|2016||The Comedian||No||Yes||Directed by Taylor Hackford; co-written with Art Linson, Jeff Ross and Lewis Friedman|
He was the creator of The Divide and wrote, or co-wrote, all but one episode before it was cancelled.
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- "Richard Lagravenese Biography (1959?-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved 2013-12-12.
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- Hornaday, Ann (March 27, 1994). "Film; Still Speaking After Writing 'The Ref'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-12-12.
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Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special ... Richard LaGravenese ’80 (BFA, Acting)
7. ^Jeremy Kinser (February 13, 2015) ‘The Last Five Years’ Director On His Heartbreaking New Musical And Working On ‘Gypsy’ With Barbra Streisand'