Following her hit romantic comedy THE PRINCE & ME Coolidge returned with a delightful comedy-mystery MATERIAL GIRLS starring Hilary and Haylie Duff. The film tells the story of two silly “celebrity” sisters, made famous by modeling their father’s make up line, who inherit the company and subsequently loose it in a corporate swindle, falling from “Riches to rags in a single day.” The girls learn to work for a living and become detectives to figure out how they lost their company. Funny and smart it’s filled with talented actors like Anjelica Huston, Lukas Haas, Ty Hodges, Brent Spiner and Obba Babatunde.
Ms. Coolidge’s diverse range of projects, from raucous comedy to poignant drama, has caused some to say her taste is eclectic. She says, “All my films have been about people facing personal challenges in their lives and overcoming them. But as a director I like to stretch. I certainly enjoy the action and the hardware as much as the next guy, but my films center on strong characters. My greatest joy has come from working with so many talented actors.” This list includes Halle Berry, Robert Duvall, Chloe Severny, Richard Dreyfus, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Diane Ladd, Brent Spiner, Mercedes Ruehl, Patrick Swayze, Geena Davis, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Obba Babatunde, Holly Hunter, Elaine Stritch, Gena Rowlands, Frances McDormand. William Hurt, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. She also discovered talent like Nicolas Cage (Valley Girl), Val Kilmer (Real Genius) and James Gandolfini (Angie).
Coolidge has enjoyed giving back to the industry she loves serving on many boards and committees including the AFI, Rhode Island School of Design, NYU and Catalyst, an organization dedicated to promoting better science in films. Ms. Coolidge made history in 2001 when she was elected the first woman President of the Directors Guild of America.
An avid horsewoman, Ms. Coolidge breeds and shows Paso Fino horses and holds several National Championship titles. She is married to the Award winning Production Designer James Spencer and has one son, Preston, named in honor of one of her idols, producer/ writer/ director Preston Sturges.