Barbara Kopple Biography

Updated On Jul 16, 2019 Published On May 20, 2017
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Date of Birth: 1946 , July-30
Birth Nation: United States
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Kopple grew up in Scarsdale, New York and started working with the Maysles Brothers, an American documentary filmmaking team known for their work in the direct cinema style. Barbara first debuted direction was the film “Winter Soldier”. She was among the 19 filmmakers, under the rubric Winterfilm Collective to produce the film “Winter Soldier”.

Kopple has directed an episode of the television drama series “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Oz”, which won Directors Guild of America award for the former. Kopple has done films for the Working Group, directing the 30-minute short documentary “Locked Out in America: Voice From Ravenswood” for the We Do the Work series.

Heading towards Kopple personal life, she previously married Hart Perry and has one son Nicholas Perry.  The couple could not keep up with their relationship and separated with a divorce due to some personal problem. Currently, Barbara is happily married to Gene Carroll.

According to sources, in the beginning of making the film “Harlan County, USA”, Barbara was promised with $9 thousand grant then later it was denied, which happened countless times until she was eventually given the money through funds.

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Born in United States

July 30 , 1946

Barbara Kopple was born on July 30, 1946, in New York City, New York, USA. Kopple is a director and producer who is well known for Shut Up & Sing, Harlan county USA and Havoc.

Received 1st Award


Director Kopple First award was “Academy Award” for Harlan County, USA which about a Kentucky miners strike. The documentary film “Harlan County, USA” was her second film. This documentary also received Special Award and Grand Prix.

Academy Award for American Dream


Barbar received Academy Award for “American Dream”, it is the story of the Hormel Foods strike in Austin. The film narrates an unsuccessful strike in the heartland of America against the Hormel Foods corporation.

Released straight to DVD


Kopple’s first non-documentary feature film “Havoc” was released straight to DVD in which Anne Hathaway and Bijou Philips starred as wealthy suburbanites who venture into East Los Angeles Latino gang territory.

Released Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing


Barbara Kopple released a documentary “Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing, which is about the Dixie Chicks George W. Bush related controversy. After this, she released "Gun Fight". 

Released “Running from Crazy”


Director and producer Barbara released the film “Running from Crazy”, which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival and on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Ranked 24th


Kopple’s film “Harlan County, USA” was ranked 24th, tied with 2 other movies in the UK’s Sight and Sound  magazine which is published in a “Greatest Documentries of All Time”.

Documentry Miss Sharon Jones!


Barbara Kopple directed and released the documentary film “Miss Sharon Jones!”. The documentary film is about the singer Sharon Jones. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics.

Nominated for MTV Movie Award for Best Documentary.


Gigi Gorgeous: This is Everything, the documentary was directed by Barbara Kopple and produced by her and David Cassidy. The movie was nominated for MTV Movie Award for Best Documentary.

Released This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous


An initial release of the documentary "This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous", in which actor Scott Fisher, Adam Lazzarto, Corey Lazzarto and Gigi Lazzarto were cast.