Ava DuVernay

By: Priscilla Matthews  |   | 

Director of one of the most acclaimed movies of 2016, 13TH, Ava DuVernay is a renowned personality of American film industry. The first black female director to receive a nomination for a Golden Globe Award, DuVernay is also a writer, producer, and distributor of independent film. 

Quick Facts About Ava DuVernay

Name Ava DuVernay
Profession Director
Gender Female
Birthday August 24, 1972
Age 45 Years Old
Star Sign Virgo

A Long Beach, California native, DuVernay took birth on 24 August 1972 as the eldest child of Joseph DuVernay, Jr. and Darlene Maye. She has four siblings and was raised in Lynwood, California.

DuVernay received her high school education from Saint Joseph High School, located in Lakewood, from where she graduated in 1990. She then studied at University of California, Los Angeles.

A double major in African-American studies and English, Ava was keen to pursue a career in journalism and worked as an intern for CBS News. She also worked as a public relations manager and opened her own firm, The DuVernay Agency, before making her directorial debut in 2008 from the documentary This Is the Life.

DuVernay won her first award, U.S. Directing Award: Dramatic, at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for the movie Middle of Nowhere. She became more prominent in 2014 with directing the historical drama film Selma which garnered her African-American Film Critics Association Award, Black Film Critics Award, and Black Reel Award. She was even nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director in 2015 but lost to Boyhood director Richard Linklater.

In 2016, Ava wrote and directed the documentary 13TH, which premiered at the New York Film Festival for the first time. It was released on Netflix on 7 October 2016. Ava is busy working on her new project, A Wrinkle in Time, at present.

Ava DuVernay has not been married to anyone but she is reported to have an alleged relationship with Selma actor, Common. 

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