05 feb 1974
Miranda July is a multitalented American personality who is skilfully handling various professions at the same time – novelist, short-story writer, actress, director, screenwriter, and singer. She was born on February 15, 1974 in Baree, Vermont to writer parents Richard Grossinger and Lindy Hough. When young Miranda was busy deciding on a career for herself, one of her friends suggested her to work on short fictions. Fortunately, her genes worked well and she wrote her first professional play "The New Lifers" for a local club in California.
While continuing to write and stage plays, Miranda July completed her high-school education from "The College Preparatory School" in Oakland. Then she attended the UC Santa Cruz College, but dropped out in her sophomore year in search of a career that best utilizes her talent. Soon Miranda became a successful performance artist and started her filmmaking career in 1995. She developed two short-film series (Joanie4Jackie and Co-Star) and got the number one position in the Filmmaker magazine's "25 New Faces of Indie Film" list. She then wrote, directed, and starred in her debut feature-length film "Me and You and Everyone We Know," which received various awards and appreciation worldwide.
Miranda July admits of having anxiety attacks on the success of her feature-length film, as she did not want her previous work to be overshadowed. Therefore, she started working on a collection of short vignettes, which was later named "No One Belongs Here More Than You." The book got her the Frank O’Connor International Short Story award and has about 200,000 copies in circulation.
After tasting success in feature-length films and short stories, Miranda July decided to write a full-fledged novel. Published in January 2015, her debut novel "The First Bad Man" received accolades from various critics and writers around the globe. Miranda tied the knot with Mike Mills – an American film and music video director – in 2009 and gave birth to their son Hopper Mills in 2013. She stays connected with her fans through Twitter and Facebook by posting details about the events she will be attending.