Deitch, Donna 1945-

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Deitch, Donna 1945-


Full name, Donna Eleanor Deitch; born June 8, 1945, in San Francisco, CA; daughter of Benjamin V. Deitch and Eleanor Green; companion of Terri Jentz (a writer). Education: University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1969; University of California, Los Angeles, M.F.A., 1975.


Agent—Paradigm, 360 North Crescent Dr. N., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.


Director, producer, cinematographer, editor, writer, and actress. Also works as still photographer. Social and Public Art Resource Center (also known as SPARC), Venice, CA, affiliate, 1975-90.

Awards, Honors:

Diane Arbus Photography Award, Mademoiselle, 1968; Louis Mayer grant, 1974; National Endowment for the Arts award, 1979; honorable mention and nomination for grand jury prize, Sundance Film Festival, 1986, for Desert Hearts; Directors Guild of America Award nomination, outstanding directorial achievement in a nighttime dramatic series, 1997, for "These Old Bones," NYPD Blue; Golden Hugo Award, best documentary, Chicago International Film Festival, 1998, for Angel on My Shoulder; Daytime Emmy Award, outstanding directing in a children's special, 2000, for The Devil's Arithmetic.


Film Director:

Berkeley 12 to 1, 1968.

Memorabilia P P 1, 1969.

She Was a Visitor, 1970.

Portrait, 1972.

For George, Love Donna (short film), 1975.

(And producer, cinematographer, and editor) Woman to Woman (documentary), 1975.

The Great Wall of Los Angeles (documentary), 1978.

(And producer) Desert Hearts, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1985.

Criminal Passion (also known as Angel of Desire), Planet Productions, 1994.

(And producer, cinematographer, and editor) Angel on My Shoulder (documentary), 1997.

Film Appearances:

Several Friends, 1969.

Hungarian gambler, Desert Hearts, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1985.

Angel on My Shoulder (documentary), 1997.

Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (documentary), 2006.

Television Director; Series:

NYPD Blue, ABC, multiple episodes, between 1995 and 2003.

Crossing Jordan, NBC, multiple episodes, between 2001 and 2007.

Television Director; Miniseries:

The Women of Brewster Place, ABC, 1989.

Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer, ABC, 1997.

Television Director; Movies:

Sexual Advances, ABC, 1992.

"A Change of Place," Harlequin Romance Movies, broadcast on CBS Sunday Afternoon Showcase, CBS, 1994.

The Devil's Arithmetic, Showtime, 1999.

Common Ground, Showtime, 2000.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Mother Nature's Son," WIOU, 1990.

Veronica Claire, Lifetime, 1991.

"The Pawn," Robin's Hoods, 1994.

"Unto Thyself Be True," Robin's Hoods, 1994.

"Full Moon, Saturday Night," ER, NBC, 1995.

"Home," ER, NBC, 1995.

"Hard Choices," Moloney, CBS, 1996.

"Chapter Ten, Year Two," Murder One, ABC, 1997.

"Chapter Thirteen, Year Two," Murder One, ABC, 1997.

"Chapter Fifteen, Year Two," Murder One, ABC, 1997.

"The Devil's Rainbow," The Visitor, Fox, 1997.

"Every Dog Has Its Day," EZ Streets, CBS, 1997.

Total Security, ABC, 1997.

Dellaventura, CBS, c. 1997.

C-16: FBI (also known as C-16), ABC, c. 1997.

"Waste," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2002.

"Judging Eric," Judging Amy, CBS, 2003.

"The Little Guy," Dragnet (also known as L.A. Dragnet), ABC, 2003.

Wild Card (also known as Zoe Busiek: Wild Card), Lifetime, 2003.

South of Nowhere, Noggin, c. 2005.

"The Skull in the Desert," Bones, Fox, 2006.

"Chapter Seven ‘Nothing to Hide,’" Heroes, NBC, 2006.

"Sight Unseen," Eureka (also known as A Town Called Eureka), Sci-Fi Channel, 2007.

Television Director; Other:

"Esperanza," Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (special), HBO, 1991.

Second Noah (pilot), ABC, 1996.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Intimate Portrait: Robin Givens, Lifetime, 2000.



Interviewee, Sex at 24 Frames per Second (also known as Playboy Presents "Sex at 24 Frames per Second": The Ultimate Journey through Sex in Cinema), 2003.


Film Scripts:

Angel on My Shoulder (documentary), 1997.



Women Filmmakers & Their Films, St. James Press, 1998.