Barbara Kopple (SHS 1964)

Oscar winning Director of "Harlan County, USA"

Barbara Kopple is one of the nation's most productive film directors/producers.  In 1977 she produced and directed Harlan County USA, winner of the 1977 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary.  In 1991, Harlan County USA was named to the National Film Registry by Congress and designated an American Film Classic.  In that same year, Ms. Kopple received her second Academy Award for her non-fiction film, American Dream, on the economic decline of America's industrial heartland.  American Dream won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Feature Documentary by the Director's Guild of America. 

In addition, Kopple has produced Conversation with Gregory Peck, The Hamptons, a 2002 mini-series, and Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson.   The latter received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing. 

    Ms. Kopple has produced and directed for Sports Illustrated Television, HBO Real Sports, and NBC, for whom she has directed three episodes of Homicide.  She was honored with the 1999 New York Women in Film and Television Muse Award.