James L. Brooks began working in film in 1979 and wrote the screenplay for Starting Over which he co-produced with Alan J. Pakula. In 1983, Brooks wrote, produced and directed Terms of Endearment, for which he earned three Academy Awards. In 1987, Brooks wrote, produced and directed Broadcast News, which won the New York Dramas Critics Award for best picture and screenplay. He produced Jerry Maguire, starring Tom Cruise; and co-wrote, produced and directed As Good As It Gets, starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Greg Kinnear. Through his company Gracie Films, Brooks has been involved as a producer for the films Say Anything, War of the Roses and Big. In 1990, he produced and directed his first play, Brooklyn Laundry, a Los Angeles production starring Glenn Close, Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. James L. Brooks is also a fifteen-time Emmy Award winner who has produced such hits as The Simpsons, The Tracy Ullman Show, Lou Grant, Rhoda and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
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