Soderbergh, Steven

Soderbergh, Steven

(Steven Andrew Soderbergh), 1963–, American film director, b. Atlanta, Ga. After making short films and documentaries, he scored a commercial success with sex, lies, and videotape (1989; Palme d'Or), about a troubled man who interviews women about their sexual experiences. Subsequent films include Gray's Anatomy (1996), a Spalding Gray monologue; Out of Sight (1998), from the Elmore LeonardLeonard, Elmore
(John Elmore Leonard), 1925–2013, American novelist, b. New Orleans, grad. Univ. of Detroit (1950). "Dutch" Leonard began publishing Western tales in the early 1950s, the best known of which is the short novel Hombre (1961; film, 1967).
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 novel; Erin Brockovich (2000), based on a toxic-waste whistleblower's story; and Traffic (2000; Academy Award, best director), about the drug trade. His Ocean's Eleven (2002), a slick remake of a 1960 Vegas heist film, was highly successful commercially and led to two similarly named sequels (2004, 2007). Magic Mike (2012) is a good-humored look at male stripping; Behind the Candelabra (2013; Emmy Award, directing) is a television film about the entertainer Liberace. In the caper movie Logan Lucky (2017), a pair of brothers decide to rob a NASCAR racetrack. Soderbergh also has worked as a screenwriter and producer for films by other directors.

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See his memoir (1999).