|Full Name Miriam Leder|
Role Film director
Nationality United States
Spouse Gary Werntz
|Years active 1976–present|
Children Hannah Leder
Name Mimi Leder
Parents Etyl Leder, Paul Leder
|Born January 26, 1952 (age 63) (1952-01-26) New York City, US|
Occupation Film director, film producer, script supervisor
Siblings Reuben Leder, Geraldine Leder
Movies Pay It Forward, Deep Impact, The Peacemaker, Thick as Thieves, A Little Piece of Heaven
Similar People Gary Werntz, Hannah Leder, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Haley Joel Osment, Marcel Iures
Director/producer Mimi Leder: ‘The Leftovers’ was ‘a life changing experience’
Miriam "Mimi" Leder (born January 26, 1952) is an American film director and producer noted for her action films and use of special effects. She was the first female graduate of the AFI Conservatory in 1973.
- Directorproducer Mimi Leder The Leftovers was a life changing experience
- Early life
- Film career
- Personal life
Leder was born in New York City in 1952, the daughter of Etyl, a classical pianist, and Paul Leder, a director, producer, actor, writer, and editor. Leder was raised in Los Angeles, in a Jewish home. During childhood, her father, a low-budget independent filmmaker, introduced Mimi and her siblings to film production. Having worked for the majority of her life in film gave her the skill and confidence to be the first woman accepted into the American Film Institute. She studied cinematography but enjoyed working with actors and telling stories.
Leder began her career as a script supervisor on a string of films, including Spawn of the Slithis (1978), Dummy (1979), The Boy Who Drank Too Much (1980), and A Long Way Home (1980), before moving on to the TV series Hill Street Blues (1981). After making a short film, Short Order Dreams, written and funded by her father Paul, she screened it for Steven Bochco, creator of Hill Street Blues, and his friend Gregory Hoblit who hired her to direct an episode of L.A. Law.
In 1988 Leder went on to direct episodes of Crime Story, The Bronx Zoo, Midnight Caller, before getting hired to direct several episodes of China Beach (1988–91) for which she was nominated for four Emmys. She decided to make a few made-for-TV films, Woman with a Past (1992), House of Secrets (1993), and Baby Brokers (1994) before getting hired as one of the core directors for ER(1994–2009). She made proficient use of her cinematography background and the Steadicam to create high energy scenes that moved around the corridors and rooms of the hospital. The show earned her Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series in 1995 and 1996. She returned to direct an episode of the series during its final season in 2009. She was receiving much attention and soon received a job offer from Steven Spielberg to direct the film The Peacemaker (1997), an action-adventure film that she has said she sees as a drama. Leder became one of only a handful of woman directors to break into the action genre, and her assignment to this film generated much press about the opportunities for women directors in Hollywood. She studied trains and other visual effects to prepare herself for the film and is proud of the results.
Continuing to work for DreamWorks, she directed Deep Impact (1998) and Pay It Forward (2000) while simultaneously creating a personal love story about her parents, Sentimental Journey (1999). Since then, Leder has been moving back and forth between television and film, executive producing and/or directing such television series as The Beast (2001), John Doe (2002), Jonny Zero (2005), and Vanished (2006), and films or made-for-TV movies such as Thick as Thieves (2009), U.S. Attorney (2009), and Heavenly (2011).
In 2011, she was named as director for a proposed remake of the film All Quiet on the Western Front.
Leder has one daughter, Hannah, with her husband actor Gary Werntz.