Julie Taymor is a critically acclaimed, Tony Award-winning American director. She works on Broadway and in film. Her greatest acclaim as a director for the stage has come from the wildly popular musical “The Lion King”, a 1997 adaptation of the animated film of that name. Taymor received two Tony Awards for her work on “The Lion King”, making her the first woman to receive a Tony award for directing a musical.
Taymor has transitioned from the stage to the movie set in recent years, directing “Titus” in 1999 and “Frida” in 2002, which garnered six Academy Award nominations and won in two of the six categories (Best Makeup and Best Original Score).
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