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Laurie Collyer (born 1967)[1] is an American film director and screenwriter.


Born in Summit, New Jersey, she grew up in Mountainside, New Jersey and attended Oberlin College.[2] After working at a series of odd jobs, she went to film school at New York University. She is best known for writing and directing Sherrybaby, for which actress Maggie Gyllenhaal received a Golden Globe nomination.[3] She also directed the film Nuyorican Dream in 1999.[4] She is in development to direct a film based on the story of Julia Butterfly Hill and Luna, which is to star Rachel Weisz. She has also written the screenplay of an upcoming adaptation of Sara Zarr's novel Story of a Girl.

In 2013, she directed Sunlight Jr., starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon.[5] In 2015, she directed The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, which stars Kelli Garner, Susan Sarandon, Emily Watson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Eva Amurri Martino. In 2018, she directed a comedy-drama Furlough, starring Tessa Thompson, Melissa Leo, and Whoopi Goldberg.


  1. ^ Interview with director Laurie Collyer, Goliath Business September 22, 2007
  2. ^ Brooks, Brian. "indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Laurie Collyer, director of Sherrybaby", indiewire, September 7, 2006. Accessed September 9, 2015. "I was born in Summit, New Jersey exactly one year after the Velvet Underground played their debut concert at Summit high school. I lived all my life in Mountainside, New Jersey until I went to Oberlin College at age 17."
  3. ^ "Sherrybaby". Movie Fone. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
  4. ^ "Nuyorican Dream". Movie Fone. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
  5. ^ "Sunlight Jr". Tribeca. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.

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