Rio Hackford Parents: Meet Taylor Hackford, Lynne Littman and Helen Mirren
Meet Taylor Hackford
Taylor Edwin Hackford is a former president of the Directors Guild of America and an American film director. For Teenage Father, he won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
Hackford went on to direct a series of critically acclaimed feature films, including An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and Ray (2004), for which he received Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Picture.
Hackford is the son of Mary (née Taylor), a waitress, and Joseph Hackford, and was born in Santa Barbara, California.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1968 from the University of Southern California, where he studied international relations and economics as a pre-law major.
He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia after graduation, when he began shooting Super 8 films in his leisure time. Steve Ball, a fellow Peace Corps volunteer, bought him the camera.
Meet Lynne Littman
Lynne Littman is a film and television director and producer from the United States. Testament is her most well-known work, and she has won numerous honors, including an Academy Award for Number Our Days, a documentary short film.
WNET hired Littman as a secretary to start her career in the industry (New York). In the years that followed, she worked as a freelancer in a variety of film-related fields.
She didn’t start working for National Education Television until the 1970s. It was here that she first began to consider a career in film journalism.
Mort Silverstein, who was recognized for his love for hard-hitting reporting techniques, was a frequent collaborator.
They made a documentary called What Happened to Edward R. Murrow’s Harvest of Shame as a follow-up to Edward R. Murrow’s Harvest of Shame.
Meet Helen Mirren
Helen Lydia Mirren DBE is a British actress. Mirren is the only performer to have won the Triple Crown of Acting in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
She has received countless awards. She won an Academy Award and a British Academy Film Award for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, a Tony Award and a Laurence Olivier Award for the same role in The Audience, three British Academy Television Awards for her role as DCI Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect, and four Primetime Emmy Awards, two of which were for Prime Suspect.
He chose against pursuing a career in law and instead took a job as a mailroom clerk at KCET-TV.  In 1970, he worked as an associate producer for KCET on the Leon Russell special “Homewood.”
He created the one-hour special Bukowski (about poet Charles Bukowski) for KCET in 1973, directed by Richard Davies.