The Films of Cameron Crowe

Cameron Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, and raised in San Diego. He began his career in journalism at the age of fifteen, writing for such publications as Creem, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and the Los Angeles Times. When he was only sixteen years old, he joined the staff of Rolling Stone, where he was a contributing editor and later an associate editor. During his tenure with the magazine, he profiled many of musics most influential artists, including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, and Neil Young.

In 1979, Crowe, then twenty-two, returned to high school to research a book, which resulted in the best-selling novel Fast Times at Ridgemont High, published in 1981 by Simon and Schuster. But even before the book came out, Crowe was tapped to write the screenplay adaptation, marking his screenwriting debut.

In 1989, Crowe made his feature film directorial debut with another of his original screenplays, Say Anything. He subsequently wrote and directed the widely praised romantic comedy Singles. But it was the 1996 release of Jerry Maguire that brought him the recognition as one of Hollywood's brightest young writer-directors to come along that year. He quickly followed that film with his semi-autobiographical Almost Famous in 2000, and the complicated and visually challenging Vanilla Sky in 2001.

I think he's a specialist on transmitting the magic of the small moments, the little things in life that are the most huge moments. He's someone who has the subtlety and can transmit those moments. It looks like something done with little effort, but it's the most difficult thing to do.

Penelope Cruz—Actress

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