Tanya Wexler

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Tanya Wexler
Tanya Wexler at 2011 Toronto International Film Festival (cropped).jpg
Born (1970-08-06) August 6, 1970 (age 50)
Alma materYale University
Columbia University (MFA)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1998–present
RelativesDaryl Hannah (maternal half-sister)
Page Hannah (maternal half-sister)
Haskell Wexler (uncle)

Tanya Wexler (born August 6, 1970) is an American film director. She is known for her 2011 feature film Hysteria.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Wexler is the daughter of Chicago real estate developer Jerrold Wexler,[2] and his second wife, Susan Jeanne (née Metzger).[3] She is the niece of cinematographer Haskell Wexler. Her mother has two other daughters, Daryl Hannah and Page Hannah, as well as a son, Donald, from a previous marriage.[4]

She attended Yale University ('92) where she was roommates with actress Bellamy Young.[5] Wexler also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University ('95).


Wexler has directed five feature films: Finding North (1998), Ball in the House (2001), Hysteria (2011), Buffaloed (2019), and Jolt which is in post-production.[6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Wexler has four children: a son named Jerrold (born 1999) and three daughters named Ella (born 2000), Ruby (born 2003), and Violet (born 2006) with her former wife, Amy Zimmerman.[9] They met while they were both students at Yale University.[10] Wexler and Zimmerman married on May 19, 2004 in Massachusetts, the first U.S. state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.[11]

Via her father, Wexler is of Jewish descent.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tanya Wexler". Vancouver International Film Festival. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Chicago Tribune: "Filmmaker and Lincoln Park native Tanya Wexler on her romantic comedy 'Hysteria'" by Nina Metz May 24, 2012
  3. ^ Crain's Chicago Business: "HEIR-SPLITTING" By Betsy Wangensteen March 24, 1997
  4. ^ Lambert, Bruce (November 12, 1992). "Jerrold Wexler, 68; Chicago Developer Who Built Empire". Retrieved September 6, 2017 – via NYTimes.com.
  5. ^ Wexler, Tanya. "Nice shout out to @MixedCo @BellamyYoung #yale #roomie #SheCanEffingSing". Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  6. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (July 22, 2019). "'Jolt': Bobby Cannavale, Jai Courtney, Laverne Cox & Stanley Tucci Join Kate Beckinsale Action-Comedy; Shoot Under Way In London". Deadline. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 23, 2018). "Zoey Deutch to Star in Indie Drama 'Buffaloed'". Variety. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (July 23, 2018). "Zoey Deutch To Star In & Produce Debt Collector Dramedy 'Buffaloed'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "Tanya Wexler-IMDB".
  10. ^ "Amy Zimmerman & Tanya Wexler".
  11. ^ "Opening Up Marriage in Mass".
  12. ^ "'Girl With No Name' Will Bring Feminist Westerns To The Screen, Page". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved October 5, 2018.

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