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Gail Susan Mancuso, also known as Gail Mancuso Cordray, (born July 14, 1958[1]) is an American television director.

Gail Mancuso
Gail Susan Mancuso

(1958-07-14) July 14, 1958 (age 61)
Other namesGail Mancuso Cordray
OccupationTelevision director
Years active1984–present
Known forRoseanne, 30 Rock, Modern Family


Early life and careerEdit

Mancuso grew up in Melrose Park, Illinois. She is married to Brian Downs, a doctor, and divides her time between her homes in Valencia, California and River Forest, Illinois.[2]

Mancuso began her career as an usher of the set of several television talk shows. Later, became a script supervisor for the Showtime comedy Brothers. In 1989, she began serving as associate director for Roseanne. After one of the show's directors left in 1991, she had the chance to become one of the main directors and continued until the show's eighth season.[2] She went on to direct episodes of many television series like Friends, Dharma and Greg and Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place.

In 2007, Mancuso began working on the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement. She has also directed episodes of 30 Rock and Scrubs. In 2008, she won a Gracie Award for her work on 30 Rock.[3]

In 2011, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her Modern Family episode "Slow Down Your Neighbors".[2] In 2012, she directed Roseanne Barr and John Goodman in the pilot episode of Downwardly Mobile which was commissioned by NBC, but ultimately not picked up. In 2013, she won the Emmy Award for directing episode "Arrested" on Modern Family. In 2014, she won the Emmy Award for directing episode "Las Vegas" on Modern Family.

In 2019, Mancuso directed "A Dog's Journey" which was the sequel to 2017's "A Dog's Purpose" directed by Lasse Hallström.

Select TV workEdit



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  2. ^ a b c d Dooley, Megan (September 6, 2011). "TV director has real 'Modern Family' in River Forest". Wednesday Journal. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "2008 Gracie Awards® Winners". Alliance for Women in Media. Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  4. ^ Alex Ben Block (November 21, 2010). "Lionsgate's Kevin Beggs Named Executive of the Year by Caucus of Producers, Writers & Directors". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 29, 2012.

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