Tanya Wexler

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Tanya Wexler
Tanya Wexler at 2011 Toronto International Film Festival (cropped).jpg
Tanya Wexler in 2011
Born (1970-08-06) August 6, 1970 (age 49)
Alma materYale University
Columbia University (MFA)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1998–present
Amy Zimmerman (m. 2004)
Parent(s)Jerrold Wexler
Susan Jeanne Metzger
RelativesDaryl Hannah (maternal sister)
Page Hannah (maternal sister)
Donald "Don" Hannah (maternal brother)

Tanya Wexler (born August 6, 1970) is an American film director. She is best known for her 2011 comedy 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 four films: Finding North (1998), Ball in the House (2001) and Hysteria (2011), and Buffaloed (2019).[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Wexler met her future wife, Amy Zimmerman, while they were both students at Yale University.[8] Wexler and Zimmerman married on May 19, 2004 in Massachusetts, the first U.S. state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.[9] They have four children, son Jerrold (born 1999), and daughters Ella (born 2000), Ruby (born 2003) and Violet (born 2006).[10]

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. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 23, 2018). "Zoey Deutch to Star in Indie Drama 'Buffaloed'". Variety. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  7. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (July 23, 2018). "Zoey Deutch To Star In & Produce Debt Collector Dramedy 'Buffaloed'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Amy Zimmerman & Tanya Wexler".
  9. ^ "Opening Up Marriage in Mass".
  10. ^ "Tanya Wexler-IMDB".
  11. ^ "'Girl With No Name' Will Bring Feminist Westerns To The Screen, Page". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved October 5, 2018.

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