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Amy Heckerling

  • American director
  • Born May 7, 1954

Amy Heckerling (born May 7, 1954) is an American film director. An alumna of both New York University and the American Film Institute, she directed the commercially successful films Fast Times at Ridgemont High, National Lampoon's European Vacation, Look Who's Talking, and Clueless. Heckerling is a recipient of AFI's Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal celebrating her creative talents and artistic achievements.


There's a whole vampire community online - those are some crazy people.




I get offered: 'Here's a girl who's mad at another girl for having a wedding on the same day.' That'll be a big hit, but I don't want to do that.




The building in the Bronx where I grew up was filled with mostly Holocaust survivors. My two best friends' parents both survived the camps. Everyone in my grandparents' building had tattoos. I'd go shopping with my grandparents, and the butcher, the baker, everybody in the whole neighborhood had tattoos.




Bitterness is so ugly. I don't want to go there.




I like being able to tape things and then having them home waiting for you, but just dealing with the Time Warner Cable people will drive you insane.




I've always hated the way Hollywood has portrayed accountants. They're always little nerd balls, wimpy, afraid of everything. Growing up with accountants, I don't see them that way.




I can't stomach most of the movies about women.




Everybody who worked in film misses holding pieces of film, holding it up to the light, and seeing exactly where something was image-wise.




Hollywood is the dream factory, and no one dreams about older women.




I hope they remake 'Look Who's Talking' - then I'd make some money!




Body image - what we're supposed to look like - is made so unattainable that all girls are put in this position of feeling inferior. That's a horrible thing.




I don't think people know 'Nosfuratu.'




I always get hats but never have the nerve to wear them. Hats are a thing that are really stylish, but you have to have the confidence to pull it off.




After Gmail, if you have AOL, people are like, 'Are you still with this?' What does it matter what e-mail you have?




I didn't go to Hebrew school.




I still find it interesting that there could be a point between a young guy and a girl when they decide to hold hands as they walk down the block. At some point, they decide to make the leap from pushing and insulting each other to doing something tender and possessive and showing the world that.




To tell you the truth, in the old Jewish shtetls, if your husband died, sometimes they'd have you marry the brother, and my grandparents were actually stepbrother and stepsister.




Any time I wind up in the lane where you can't quickly turn off of it and it's turning into the freeway, I just start screaming until I'm off of it.




Babies don't need fathers, but mothers do. Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of.




A teenager has to decide what they're going to do with their life, and that's one of the most important decisions that you'll make.




If you look at all the pictures of women in magazines, everybody's got a forehead that looks like a billboard. Completely blank.




For me, New York is home because that's where I'm from.




Bitterness is so ugly.




I just wanted to do something about the teenage experience; it's such a wonderful and horrible time of life.




Blood probably tastes like salty water, right?




For my money, the movies of the '70s were just amazing.




A lot of my movies were completely destroyed by the censors, who can be pretty arbitrary. They're not completely fair with how they treat one person vs. another.




I don't know what goes on behind my back... I always feel like, if you don't have anything good to say, then don't say anything.




I was in a special class, where you skip a grade - you go from seventh to ninth. But I got kicked out. You had to maintain an 85 average, and I didn't. I was too focused on trying to be popular.




In junior high, I really wanted to be popular. Suddenly there were parties with boys, and I wanted to be part of that. There was a group of girls, and I wanted to be friends with them.




Some women are great, and you wouldn't have been able to get to where you are without them, and others are doing what they can to undermine you.




When I was 20, I had these furrowed lines between my brows because I was always angry. And I was 20. I don't think that was a mark of age; it was just my personality.




I wasn't bat mitzvahed.




There are a lot of people in Beverly Hills who come from the Middle East, who are very much a part of the Beverly Hills fabric, and their kids grew up with the privileges of Beverly Hills. And yet they still have to deal with a lot of the prejudice against them for being foreign-born.




In one respect, I like the freedom of using all the people that I love instead of being dictated by the studio to use the hot person of the moment.




When I first got my driver's license, I was hit by a drunk driver. He was coming off of a freeway, and I was hurt pretty badly from somebody driving really fast.



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