Lisa Cholodenko Biography

Updated On Jul 04, 2019 Published On Jul 04, 2019
Facts of Lisa Cholodenko
Date of Birth: 1964 , June-5
Birth Nation: United States
Name Lisa Cholodenko
Nationality American
Birth Place/City San Fernando Valley, California, United States
Ethnicity White
Profession Director
Net Worth $1 million
Hair Color Black
Face Color Fair
Affair with Wendy Melvoin
Education Columbia University School of the Arts, Columbia University
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Lisa Cholodenko is an American director and screenwriter. She is known for her directorial High Art, which also won several awards including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Lisa Cholodenko's Early Life & Education

Lisa Cholodenko was born on 5th June 1964, in Los Angeles, California, United States. Lisa grew up in a Jewish family. She is second born in her family with one elder sister and younger sister. She has not disclosed any information regarding her family childhood and siblings.

She belongs to mixed ethnicity and her birth sign is Gemini.

Lisa studied anthropology, ethnic studies and women's studies at San Francisco State University. Then she traveled to Nepal and India after her graduation. 

Later, she did Master in Fine Arts in screenwriting and directing in 1997 from Columbia University, in New York.

Lisa Cholodenko Career

Lisa started to work in the film industry in New York in 1990; she worked as a trainee editor for the movie Boyz n The Hood directed by John Singleton. Later, she worked as assistant editor of Beeban Kidron's Used People.

Lisa debuted from High Art as a director. Her first movie was critically acclaimed and won various awards including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Later, she made various movies including Laurel Canyon in 2002, Cavedweller in 2004 and many more.

In 2014, her movie The Kids Are All Right was released and the film won Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture-Musical or comedy and was also nominated in 83rd Academy Awards.

She has worked with A-list actor like Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Bale and many more.

She debuted from Homicide: Life on the Street as a director and has also been the part of many TV series; Here and Now released in 2018 and Unbelievable in 2019.

Lisa Cholodenko's Controversy

The Kids Are All Right was liked by audiences and critics. The movie was also listed in various top ten lists including New York Daily News, Rolling Stone and many more. But the LGBTQ community disliked some part of the movie in which a homosexual woman enjoys heterosexuality. The matter went on to be a huge controversy.

Lisa Cholodenko's Relationship History

Lisa Cholodenko is Single and unmarried. Previously, she was in a relationship with her girlfriend Wendy Melvoin. Wendy is a musician, singer-songwriter.

Lisa has openly admitted that she is Lesbian. 

Lisa CAPTION: Lisa Cholodenko & Wendy Melvoin SOURCE: Getty Image

Furthermore, the couple welcomed their son Calder through a sperm donor. The couple lives together with their son in their home in the Sherman Oaks area in Los Angeles.

Lisa Cholodenko's Net Worth 

As of 2019, the director and screenwriter Lisa's estimated net worth is $1 million. The major portion of her income comes from her career as director and screenwriter.

The average salary of a film director is $92,220 per year and for a writer, it is $55,420 annually. So we can assume she earns a decent salary from her career.

Her movie with box office collections.

Year  Movie  Box-Office Co

Lisa Cholodenko facts on timeline

Born in Los Angeles, California

June 5 , 1964

The American director and screenwriter Lisa Cholodenko was born on 5th June 1964 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Master in Fine Arts in Screenwriting and Directing


Lisa Cholodenko finished her Master in Film Arts in Screenwriting and Directing in 1997 from Columbia University in New York.

Debuted from High Art

July 25 , 1998

The American director made her directorial debut from the movie High Art in 1998, after that she has directed other movies too.

Released The Kids Are All Right

January 25 , 2010

In 2010 her movie The Kids Are All Right was released, from this movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and won the Golden Globe Award For Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy.

Estimated net worth $1 million


American director and screenwriter had an estimated net worth of $1 million from her career. She earned well from her career as director and scriptwriter.