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Cameron Crowe (born July 13, 1957) is an American journalist, screenwriter, and film director and producer. He was the youngest ever contributer for Rolling Stone. He is best known for the his films Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1981), Say Anything (1989), Jerry Maguire (1996), and Almost Famous (2000).

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Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California. His father owned real estate and his mother was a psychology professor and family therapist. His mother decided that he was agifted child, and had him skip kindergarten, and later two more grades in elementary school. By the age of 13, he was contributing music reviews to underground magazine The San Diego Door. He graduated from University of San Diego High School. He studied journalism at City College of San Diego and the University of San Diego.

On a trip to Los Angeles, he met Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres who hired him to write for the magazine. Soon he graduated to contributing editor, and then associate editor. As the youngest person ever to contribute to Rolling Stone, he interviewed the likes of Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, The Eagles, Poco, Steely Dan, and members of Led Zeppelin. In 1973, Crowe landed his first cover story. He toured with the band The Allman Brothers.

Cameron Crowe with Alice Cooper (1972)

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Cameron Crowe with Dicky Betts

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At 22, he signed a contract with Simon and Schuster for a book that would require him to go undercover as a high school student. The product was Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story (1981). Before the book was even released, it was courted for film production. The film was barely marketed, but became a hit nonetheless.

 

Crowe followed that success with the films The Wild Life (1984), Say Anything (1989), Singles (1992), and Jerry Maguire (1996).

In 2000, he released the semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous, the story of a young music journalist who gets caught up on tour with a rock band and is exposed to sex, drugs, and rock and roll all while in high school.

Billy Crudup and writer/director/producer Cameron Crowe on the set of Dreamworks' 'Almost Famous' 

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Since then, he has written the films Vanilla Sky (2001), Elizabethtown (2005), The Union (2009), We Bought a Zoo (2011), and Pearl Jam Twenty (2011).

Crowe was married to rock musician Nancy Wilson of the band Heart from 1986 to 2010. The had two children.

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  • Birthday Date: Sunday, 13 July 2014
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