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Steven Soderbergh Biography

Steven Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, GA. USA as the second of six children, and while still at very young age his family moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where his father, Peter Soderbergh, was a professor and the dean of the College of Education at Louisiana State University. While still in high school, around the age of 15, Soderbergh enrolled in the university's film animation class and began making short 16mm films with secondhand equipment, one of which was the short film "Janitor." After graduating high school, he went to Hollywood, where he worked as a freelance editor. His time there was brief and shortly after he returned home and continued making short films and writing scripts.

His first major break was in 1986 when the rock group "Yes" assigned him to shoot a full-length concert film for the band which eventually earned him a Grammy nomination for the video Yes: 9012 Live (1986) (V). Following this achievement, Soderbergh filmed Winston (1987), the short subject film that he would later expand into Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), a film that earned him the Cannes Film Festivals Palme d'Or Award, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director and an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Over the next six years he was married (then divorced) to actress Betsy Brantley and had a daughter named Sarah, born in 1990.

Also during this time he made such films as Kafka (1991), King of the Hill (1993), Underneath (1995) and Gray's Anatomy (1996), which many believed to be disappointments. In 1998, Soderbergh made Out of Sight (1998), his most critically and commercially successful film since Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). Then in 2000 Soderbergh directed two major motion pictures that are now his most successful films to date: Erin Brockovich (2000) and Traffic (2000). These films were both nominated for Best Picture Oscars at the 2001 Academy Awards and gave him the first twin director Oscar nomination in almost 60 years and the first ever win. He won the Oscar for Best Director for Traffic (2000) at the 2001 Oscars.

Steven Soderbergh Trivia

Father, Peter Soderbergh, was a professor and dean of the College of Education at Louisiana State University where Steven took some classes.

Frequently casts Peter Andrews, Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Topher Grace, Luis Guzmán, Eddie Jemison and Julia Roberts and works with producer Jerry Weintraub.

Is of Swedish descent.

In 2001, became the first director for years to have twin Best Director Oscar nominations for Erin Brockovich (2000) and Traffic (2000).

Became the youngest winner ever of the Palme d'Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival for Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), his feature film directorial debut.

Has a daughter named Sarah, who was born in the winter of 1990.

Elected first vice president of the Directors Guild of America in March 2002.

Ranked #39 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #35 in 2002.

Together with friend George Clooney, who appeared in his movies Out of Sight (1998), Ocean's Eleven (2001), Solaris (2002) and Ocean's Twelve (2004), owns the production company "Section Eight Productions", which produced Christopher Nolan's _Insomnia (2002)_ , among other films.

Often acts as his own director of photography using the name "Peter Andrews," which is the first and middle name of his father.

Frequently casts Julia Roberts.

Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003

Was offered the chance to direct Quiz Show (1994), with Tim Robbins in the role of Charles Van Doren.

Has directed three actors to Oscar nominations: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, and Benicio Del Toro. Roberts and Del Toro won the Best Actress and Best Supp. Actor Oscars, respectively, for Erin Brockovich (2000) and Traffic (2000).

He and his producing partner George Clooney decided to close down their production company, Section Eight, after six years of working together. [August 2006]

Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990.

At one point, was interested in directing Fantastic Four (2005).

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