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Bill Condon

School in Manhattan and majored in philosophy at Columbia University. Moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film, he started out as a film journalist and penned several low-budget horror films before making his directorial debut with the horror bomb Sister, Sister (1987). He scored big as both a director and writer with the 1998 film, Gods and Monsters. It tells the story of closeted Frankenstein-creator James Whale and earned Condon an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Other critically acclaimed directorial successes included Kinsey (2004), which tells the story of the famous sexologist, and Dreamgirls (2006), which won a Golden Globe as best musical/comedy and helped propel Jennifer Hudson to stardom. The openly gay Condon continues to work in Los Angeles, where he lives with his life partner.