Tristine Skyler

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Tristine Skyler
Alma materPrinceton University
OccupationWriter, producer, actress

Tristine Skyler is an American writer, producer and actress. Born and raised in New York City, Skyler graduated cum laude from Princeton University.

Early life and education[edit]

Skyler was born and raised in New York City, where she began her career as an actress, appearing in films, television, as well as in the theatre. She is the sister of Edward Skyler, former Deputy Mayor of Operations for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the youngest in city history, who is now EVP of Global Affairs for Citigroup. She attended Chapin School and Princeton University, graduating cum laude with a B.A. in English.[1][2]


Skyler is the author of the play The Moonlight Room,[3] about at-risk youth in New York City, which she co-produced at the TriBeCa Playhouse in 2003 before transferring to a commercial run Off-Broadway on Theater Row.[4] It was named one of the 'Ten Best Plays of the Year' by The New York Times and The New York Post, and has since been performed all over the country. Previously she co-wrote the feature film "Getting to Know You," directed by her sister, Lisanne Skyler, and adapted from short stories by Joyce Carol Oates. The film starred Zach Braff, Chris Noth, Heather Matarazzo and Bebe Neuwirth and premiered in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, the 'Critics Week' section of the Venice Film Festivals, and received "Two Thumbs Up" from Ebert and Roeper.

In 2005, the actress Julia Stiles hired her to adapt Sylvia Plath's iconic novel The Bell Jar for the screen. Her screenplay won the support of the top Plath scholars in the world, and she was asked to participate in Plath's induction into the American Poet's Corner at St. John's Cathedral in New York City. She was later included as an expert in the BBC documentary Inside the Bell Jar which aired in August 2018. During that same period, she found Robert Kanigel's acclaimed biography The Man Who Knew Infinity and originated and executive produced the film adaptation with the writer/director. The Man Who Knew Infinity tells the story of the self-taught Indian math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, whose work is considered the foundation of the digital age. The film, starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons, made its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was distributed in the US and globally in 2016. It was screened at the White House by the Office of Science and Technology as part of an initiative on media representation of STEM fields in October 2016, and featured in the Breakthrough Prize ceremony in November 2016. The film also launched a worldwide annual scholarship competition for gifted young mathematicians.

In 2015 it was announced that Skyler had co-written with Scarlett Johansson, who will also direct, an adaptation of Truman Capote's lost novella Summer Crossing which was rediscovered and published in 2005.

Personal life[edit]

Skyler is a founding committee member of the Kristen Ann Carr Fund, the first charity dedicated to sarcoma research, and is a board member for the non-profit organizations Solar Responders, and Smartspaces.


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Kidco Bette Cessna
1984 Old Enough Sarah
1990 Cadillac Man Lisa
1999 Getting to Know You Irene Co-writer
2000 The Intern Deborah Duchet
2000 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 Tristen Ryler
2001 Lonesome Vivian
2003 Final Draft Rachel Also producer
2013 Innocence N/A Co-writer
2013 Chlorine Trudy
2015 The Man Who Knew Infinity N/A Producer
2016 Brillo Box (3 ¢ Off) N/A Producer
Year Title Role Notes
1983 ABC Weekend Special: The Haunted Mansion Mystery Angel 2 episodes
1989 Kate & Allie Sherry 2 episodes
1995–96 All My Children Tiffany Recurring role
1999 Now and Again Cyber Cafe Waitress 1 episode
1999 Angel Holly 1 episode
2002 Providence Amy 1 episode
2006 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Abigail Phillips 1 episode


  1. ^ "Tristine Skyler". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  2. ^ Pogrebin, Robin (November 18, 2003). "Well-Observed Waiting, and a Fruitful First Play". The New York Times. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  3. ^ Weber, Bruce (November 5, 2003). "Youth and Sadness in a Hospital Waiting Room". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  4. ^ Weber, Bruce (March 2, 2004). "Facing Life and Fearing Death Deep in a Complicated Night". The New York Times. Retrieved February 21, 2008.

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