Latter-day Saints and Hollywood: 40 Fascinating Facts

35. The film Austenland (2013) is based on the novel by Latter-day Saint author Shannon Hale and was written and produced by Latter-day Saint women. 

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Image courtesy of Shannon Hale

Austenland is the story of a 30-something woman’s experience during her stay at a Jane Austen-themed getaway. In fact, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer produced the film, with fellow Latter-day Saint women Shannon Hale and Jerusha Hess (who co-wrote the screenplays for Napoleon Dynamite (2004) and Nacho Libre (2006) with her husband) as the screenwriters. The cast includes Keri Russell, Jane Seymour, and Jennifer Coolidge.

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36. Kieth Merrill won an Academy Award for best documentary.

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Image courtesy of Kieth Merrill

Keith Merrill, faithful Latter-day Saint and film director, writer, and producer, won the Academy Award in 1973 for his documentary feature titled The Great American Cowboy. He was nominated again in 1997 for his documentary short Amazon. Merrill is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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