Todd Haynes is an American independent producer, screenwriter, and director. He is known for being ahead of his time in terms of queer cinematic movement in the early 1990s. His works are in movies like Poison, Safe and I’m Not There.
Early Life And Education Of Todd Haynes
Todd Haynes was born in Los Angeles on January 2, 1961. His mother’s name is Sherry Lynne (Semler) and his father’s name is Allen E. Haynes. His father was a cosmetics importer while his Jewish mother was an actress.
He has three siblings. His younger sister, Gwynneth Haynes, is a musician and is in the band, Sophe Lux & The Mystic. His brother, Shawn Haynes, is a director and his other sister, Wendy Haynes, is an actress.
Haynes attended and graduated from the Ivy League college, Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He majored in Arts and Semiotics.
He completed his Masters in Fine Arts at Bard College.
How old is Todd Haynes?
The director’s age is 58, as of 2019.
Openly Gay Director: Romantic Relationships
Todd Haynes is openly gay and an atheist. He is also a huge supporter of the queer community and identifies himself as a queer director in the entertainment industry.
Though he does not hesitate to talk about his sexual orientation, he is a pretty private guy regarding his relationships. He has not disclosed any of his previous relationships but revealed that he had a boyfriend in an interview with GQ in October 2017.
Todd Haynes' Career
The prodigal director developed his passion for films early during his high school days when he produced a short film, The Suicide, in 1978.
His uniqueness from other directors and screenwriters in the industry first reflected on his short film, Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, which projected the real-life of Karen Carpenter who was an American pop singer. The film showed Carpenter’s fight with anorexia and bulimia using Barbie dolls as actors.
Todd Haynes’ first feature film, Poison, depicted traditional perceptions against homosexuality and featured many LGBTQ members as part of the film. Although the movie was heavily controversial amongst conservative groups, it proceeded to win the Sundance Film Festival in 1991.
He proceeded to make many movies like Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far from Heaven, I’m Not There and Mildred Pierce, which discussed issues that are prominent in today’s era but were shunned during the time of the release.
In December 2015, Todd Haynes released the movie Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, that showed the love story of two women in the 1950s. The movie was a huge hit. It also inspired many members of the LGBTQ to come out to the public.
The movie was nominated for five Golden Globes Awards, nine BAFTA awards, six Academy Awards, and six Independent Spirit Awards.
Net Worth of Todd Haynes
The 58 years old director has made many revolutionizing movies that have been very successful in the box office.
His first feature movie, Poison, earned more than $780,000 in 1991 that is equivalent to $1.5 million in 2019.
Todd Haynes’ directed award-winning movie Carol in 2015 earned $42.9 million worldwide at the box office. His work in the movie Wonderstruck also earned him $3.3 million at the box office.
Keeping into account all his work, Todd Haynes is estimated to have a net worth of $4 million.