58 years old (Born on September 17, 1962)
Film director; He is famous from Director of the movie "Moulin Rouge".Baz Luhrmann presented and produced the song that hit the charts in 1999, "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)." The lyrics were written by Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich, and the vocals were performed by Lee Perry. Wanted to make a movie about Alexander The Great with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role around the same time as Oliver Stone made his movie Alexander (2004), but this project was dropped. Did ballroom dance as a child. In late 2004, he directed the world`s most expensive advertisement for Chanel No 5, a 4-minute short film titled "No 5: The Film" starring Nicole Kidman (who he worked with for Moulin Rouge! (2001)) and Rodrigo Santoro. The film ad, about a fairy-tale romance in which Chanel is part of the story but is not what the story is about, cost u00a318 million and made Kidman a Guinness World Record holder for highest paid actress in a commercial (she netted $3.71 million). Varying length versions of the film ad were shown on television, and - a first for Chanel - in movie theaters. Costumes were designed by Karl Lagerfeld and a score by Claude Debussy. Kidman wore u00a317m worth of real gems. His first three films, Strictly Ballroom (1992), Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001), were dubbed the "Red Curtain Trilogy", as they all fell under a particular style of filmmaking. He then changed direction and plans to make a trilogy of historical epics. The first of these was to be "Alexander the Great", which was later dropped.
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Produced and directed a hit re-invention of the classic opera "La Boheme" for the stage in Sydney, taking place in the 1950s post-war Paris, stressing acting more than big "Pavarotti style voices", to create an experience for "people who might be a little intimidated by opera". It was eventually filmed in 1993 for PBS's "Great Performances".
His first three films, Strictly Ballroom (1992), Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Moulin Rouge! (2001), were dubbed the "Red Curtain Trilogy" as they all fell under a particular style of film making. Luhrmann the changed direction and plans to make a trilogy of historical epics, the first of these was to be "Alexander the Great", which was later dropped.
Profiled in "Conversations with Directors: An Anthology of Interviews from Literature/Film Quarterly", E.M. Walker, D.T. Johnson, eds. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008.
His father died the first day of filming Moulin Rouge! (2001).
Was among the guests at Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban`s wedding.
Son William Alexander Luhrmann was born June 8th, 2005
Luhrmann and Catherine Martin`s first child, Lillian (Lilly) Amanda Luhrmann, was born in Sydney on Friday, 10th October 2003.
Family once owned a gas station and a farm.
Was nominated for Broadway's 2003 Tony Award as Best Director (Musical) for "La Boheme."