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Writer/director/producer James L. Brooks, whose credits include the recent films As Good As It Gets, Jerry Maguire and the Academy Award-winning Terms of Endearment, as well as the Emmy Award-winning TV shows The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Simpsons and Taxi, among others, will visit Dartmouth College May 23-26 as a Montgomery Fellow.
During his visit, Brooks will receive the Dartmouth Film Award and host a question-and-answer session in a public event on Tuesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the Loew Theater at the Hood Museum. Film clips from Brooks' work will be included in the evening's events. Tickets are $6 for the general public, $3 for Dartmouth College IDs. A limited number of free tickets are available for Dartmouth Film Society passholders while they last.
Brooks is a three-time Academy Award winner and fifteen-time Emmy Award winner. He began his career as a TV writer, later producing hits such as Taxi, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Lou Grant, The Tracy Ullman Show and The Simpsons.
He began his film career in 1979 as screenwriter for Starting Over, which he also co-produced. In 1983, Brooks wrote, produced and directed Terms of Endearment, for which he earned three Academy Awards. Among his other credits are producing and directing Broadcast News; producing Jerry Maguire with Tom Cruise; and co-writing, producing and directing As Good As It Gets, starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt. Through his company Gracie Films, he has been involved as a producer for the films Say Anything, War of the Roses and Big.
In 1990, Brooks also produced and directed his first play, Brooklyn Laundry, a Los Angeles production starring Glenn Close, Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern.
Brooks is the third fellow in the Montgomery Endowment's on-going "Making Movies, Making Music" series, which began in February with a visit from musician Sheryl Crow. As part of his residency, Brooks will meet with students in classes and in informal small-group settings.
The Montgomery Endowment brings to Dartmouth outstanding figures not only from the academic world, but from non-academic spheres as well. It was established in 1977 by the late Chicago attorney Kenneth F. Montgomery '25 and his wife, Harle, to "provide for the advancement of the academic realm of the College . . . making possible new dimensions for, as well as extraordinary enrichments to, the educational experience" at Dartmouth.
James L. Brooks Television and Film Credits
1997 As Good As It Gets - Co-Screenwriter/Producer/Director
*Emmy Award winning show
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