Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal
|Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal|
March 15, 1946
New York City, New York
|Spouse(s)||Eric Foner (ex-husband),
Naomi Gyllenhaal (née Achs, previously Foner; born March 15, 1946) is an American screenwriter. She has written the screenplays for several feature films, including Running on Empty (for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and won a Golden Globe Award for the same category), Losing Isaiah, and most recently Bee Season. She played the character Naomi in the Love of Chair segment of The Electric Company, where she was an associate producer for two seasons.
Gyllenhaal was born Naomi Achs in New York City, the daughter of doctors Ruth (born Silbowitz) and Samuel Achs. She was raised in a family of "high-achieving New York Jews". Her grandparents immigrated from Eastern Europe (Russia and Latvia). She attended Barnard College in New York City, graduating with a BA in English. She later earned an MA in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University.
She has been married twice; both marriages ended in divorce. Her first husband was historian and Columbia professor Eric Foner. Her second husband was film director Stephen Gyllenhaal, to whom she was married for 32 years and with whom she has collaborated professionally. The couple's two children are actors Maggie and Jake. They have two granddaughters, Ramona (b. 2006) and Gloria (b. 2012), born to Maggie Gyllenhaal and husband Peter Sarsgaard.
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- Lipworth, Elaine (2011-01-01). "Jake Gyllenhaal: My family values". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
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- Stated on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., PBS, April 22, 2012