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Jenny Lumet Biography
Jenny Lumet is an American actress and screenwriter. She is famously known for writing the original screenplay of the 2008 Jonathan Demme film Rachel Getting Married. Lumet began her career in the entertainment industry as an actress.
Before playing the role of Nancy Bosch in the film Q&A, she appeared in small roles in two films directed by her father. These films are Deathtrap and Running on Empty. In 2016, she had a CBS drama with a pilot commitment. Lumet was a drama teacher at the Manhattan Country School in New York City.
In 2018, Jenny Lumet joined the staff of Star Trek: Discovery as a consulting producer. Later on, she was subsequently promoted to co-executive producer. She has written a number of films. Among them; the “Runaway”, the first of the Short Treks mini-episodes
Jenny Lumet Age
Jenny Lumet was born in New York City, New York, United States of America. She was born on 2nd February, 1967. Her current age is 52 years old as of 2019.
Jenny Lumet Height
Jenny Lumet is pretty tall. She stands 5 feet and 4 inches or (1.66 m) tall.Jenny Lumet Photo
Jenny Lumet Net Worth
Jenny has been in the acting industry for some time now. Because of that she has surely made a huge net worth for herself. She began her career when she was very young. This was when she was cast in her fathers productions. Jenny Lumet net worth is however currently under review. Her Ex- husband however has a net worth of $8 million.
Jenny Lumet Husband | Jenny Lumet Bobby Cannavale | Jenny Lumet Son
Lumet’s love life has not been all roses. At least her career has covered up for that. Jenny Lumet is currently married to her husband Alexander Weinstein. The couple tie the knot in 2008. The exact date of their marriage is not documented. Alexander and Lumet have a daughter together. Their daughters name and age is not yet known. She is a teen though from the pictures they have been posting together.
Before she met Alexander however, she was married to actor Bobby Cannavale. They got married in 1994. Ten years down the line, things turned sour. The marriage ship hit the proverbial rock and they divorced in 2004. Before their divorve they had a son. Their son is actor Jake Cannavale.
Jenny Lumet Russell Simmons
On November 30, 2017, Jenny Lumet alleged she had been sexually assaulted by Russell Simmons in 1991. In a long article, Lumet explained how the incidence took place. In response to this article, Simmons responded that he is stepping down from his various businesses to “commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning and above all to listening.”
Jenny Lumet Movies | Jenny Lumet Pilot
- 1975: Everybody Rides the Carousel – Stage 4 (voice)
- 1982: Deathtrap – Stage Newsboy
- 1988: Running on Empty – Music Girl
- 1988: Tougher Than Leather – Pam
- 1990: Q&A – Nancy Bosch
- 1994: Assassination (Short) – Stephanie Merrin
- 1995: DodgeBall – Claudette Mitty
- 2008: Rachel Getting Married – Writer
- 2017: The Mummy – Writer (screen story)
Jenny Lumet Awards
- 2008: Film Independent Spirit Awards, Best First Screenplay (nomination) for Rachel Getting Married
- 2008: New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Best Screenplay for Rachel Getting Married
- 2008: Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, Best Screenplay for Rachel Getting Married
- 2009: NAACP Image Awards, Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television) for Rachel Getting Married
Jenny Lumet Interview
Q: What’s the reaction when you find out Jonathan Demme is going to make your movie?
Jenny Lumet: I can show you. I’m in my house, holding a juice box with nuggets in the toaster and my son is watching Sponge Bob. Then I get the phone call: “Hi, it’s Jonathan Demme.” At first I’m like, “[mimics mumbling]”. In the first five minutes I say something like, “I really like your work.” Everything bad, everything completely wrong. I think perhaps we had a bad connection because he missed the really horrible parts. He didn’t immediately call Child Protective Services. That’s pretty much what it was like.
Q: Do you have siblings yourself?
Jenny Lumet: Yes. I have a sister.
Q: Did that influence the dynamic you put into your script?
Jenny Lumet: I think that sister stuff is really cool and powerful and weird. It’s not nearly explored as much as it should be. There’s something really romantic about, you know, “My brother, my bro”. But sister stuff is really vital and crazy.
Q: Are you the older sister? Did you take any experiences from your life and put them into the script?
Jenny Lumet: No I’m the younger sister. Certain sister stuff I pilfered completely and totally from all my friends and family. They knew I was writer so they shouldn’t have said anything!
Q: The dishwasher loading contest scene in the film is taken from a dishwasher loading contest your dad (Sidney Lumet) had with Bob Fosse, is that correct?
Jenny Lumet: Yes! How weird is that?
What instigated that? A: Directors are fucking weird. I had a very particular life, but it was not a life where Elizabeth Taylor was under sink. It wasn’t like that. I lived in New York City and my dad was home at 6 every night. However, sometimes there were artists and famous people in the house.
I was 11 or so and we’re at dinner with Bob Fosse, in all his Bob Fosse-ness: this is a long and languid human being. The whole being ends in the cigarette. He was in all black, with his black cashmere sweater, and his goatee. He was just gorgeous. Next to him is my Pop, who was smoking hot, but completely circular in every aspect. My dad’s loading the dishwasher and Bob Fosse is next to him with a cigarette and he says, “You know, Sidney, if you put the salad bowl and the containers in the top level, you’ll have 10% more space in the dishwasher.” And my Dad says, “Bobby, go fuck yourself.”
You’d think these titans would have something better to talk about or do! My Dad says the forks go up and Bob tells him that it’s so amateur. I can’t say that at 11 I knew I should use this in art, but it stuck with me because it was psychotic behavior.
Q: Was there any particular event that inspired you to start writing the movie?
Jenny Lumet: No. I can say that I started writing the movie at the dissolution of my first marriage. Anyone can read into that what you want. I didn’t sit there and think, I’m a divorced woman; I have to write a screenplay. Or get a real estate license. That was just the timing of it.
Q: Are you still teaching?
Jenny Lumet: I had a baby four months ago so it’s been a demented year. Next trimester I hope to go back. It depends on some stuff.
Q: So are you writing a lot more now thanks to the movie?
Jenny Lumet: This was kind of a dream experience and not in a hokey way. I got to work with a high caliber of people my first time at bat. Apparently it’s not always like this. This was a nurturing bunch of folk and I’m lucky like that. There’s a lot more writing stuff going on. It’s not going to be this ideal. Call me wacky but my feeling is that it’s going to be rougher. But that’s ok.
Q: Do you have any aspirations to get behind the camera and do some directing?
Jenny Lumet: I think it’s a pain in the ass to be a director. However, the best creative experience of my life was being in charge of the 8th grade play. I loved the 8th grade play. Two or three years ago we did A Midsummer’s Night Dream and everyone got pissed at me. They thought it was lame and it was impossible, but at the end of the run, the kids were fluent. It was badass. In terms of direction, been there, done that.
Q: You mention that you’re teaching. Do you think this will help you with the students?
Jenny Lumet: Maybe not. They might they just take the piss out of me more than they already do. They may think I’m cool for maybe 8 seconds. I used to have to say things like, “Hey I met the Clash!” But that doesn’t work anymore.
Q: Do you think that the mistakes you make as a teen stay with you all your life?
Jenny Lumet: I think its ripples in the pond. Yeah, you will always have them forever. I genuinely believe that you can be doing fine and then you remember the time you farted at lunch and you want to fall into a puddle.
Q: In the end, when you saw the final product, did it match your expectations?
Jenny Lumet: It was different because I thought I had written something pretty straightforward. But the whole music as character thing, that was totally Jonathan. He also decided to shoot a feature as a documentary. I didn’t write that. I don’t have that kind of imagination. He does, that’s why he does what he does. It was scary for the first 45 seconds and then I got it. It was liberating. As a writer, it’s liberating. It was a smart bunch of people.