Baz Luhrmann
Name: Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann
Born: September 17, 1962
Occupation: Film director, screenwriter, producer
Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann (/ˈbæz ˈlʊərmən/; born September 17, 1962) is an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer best known for The Red Curtain Trilogy, which includes his films Strictly Ballroom, Romeo & Juliet, and Moulin Rouge!. In 2008, he released his film Australia, starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. His most recent film, a new, re-imagined version of The Great Gatsby, was released on 10 May 2013. At one time, he was substitute judge on Dancing with the Stars.

Personal lifeEdit

Luhrmann was born in Sydney, Australia. His mother, Barbara Carmel (née Brennan), was a ballroom dance teacher and dress shop owner, and his father, Leonard Luhrmann, was a farmer. He was raised in Herons Creek, a tiny rural settlement in northern New South Wales where his father ran a petrol station and a movie theatre. He attended St Joseph's Hasting Regional School, Port Macquarie (1975–1978) and at St Paul's College, Manly, performing in the school's version of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1.

Luhrmann first auditioned for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1980 but was not accepted. He successfully auditioned again two years later, starting the three-year acting course in 1983. He graduated from NIDA in 1985, alongside Sonia Todd, Catherine McClements and Justin Monjo. He wed Catherine Martin, a production designer on his own films, on 26 January 1997; the couple has two children.

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