Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Jennifer Chambers Lynch (born April 7, 1968) is an American film director and screenwriter. She is also known as the writer of the book The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer.
Lynch was born in Philadelphia. She is the daughter of artist and filmmaker David Lynch, who is responsible for her Finnish ancestry, and painter Peggy Reavey. She began practicing Transcendental Meditation at the age of six.
Lynch was educated in Los Angeles and Michigan at Interlochen Arts Academy. Together with her mother, Lynch made a brief appearance in her father's feature film debut film Eraserhead, but her appearance was not included in the final cut. Lynch subsequently worked as a production assistant on Blue Velvet (1986), also directed by her father.
Lynch's commissioned screenplay for Boxing Helena, which she would later go on to direct, attracted many actresses, including Madonna. Sherilyn Fenn, one of the stars in her father's television series Twin Peaks and the film Wild at Heart, was ultimately cast as leading character Helena. Kim Basinger was also attached and was famously sued after resigning from the project. The controversy surrounding that case, as well as feminist outcry over Helena's sadistic subject matter and accusations of nepotism, accompanied the movie's critical drubbing upon its release in 1993.
Following a lengthy hiatus, Lynch returned to the public arena with the film Surveillance and, in October 2008, Surveillance won the top prize at the Festival de Cine de Sitges. A month later, Lynch became the first woman to receive the New York City Horror Film Festival's Best Director award.
Lynch was scheduled to film Visibility for the Motion Picture Corporation of America in 2011, but, as of June 2013, this project is not completed. Lynch then directed and co-wrote the 2012 horror film Chained, in which Vincent D'Onofrio stars as a cab-driving serial killer.
Lynch authored The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer to accompany the television show Twin Peaks which was created by her father David Lynch and Mark Frost.
Lynch also directed episodes of many television series such as Finding Carter, Psych, Quantico, Teen Wolf, The Walking Dead, The Last Ship, and Wayward Pines. She will also direct one or more episodes of the upcoming sixth season of American Horror Story, which will air in September.
Awards: 4 wins & 4 nominations
Known For: Surveillance (2008) | Chained (2012) | Boxing Helena (1993) | Hisss (2010)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller