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JENNIFER LEE (Directed by/Screenplay by/Story by) is the chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) and is the writer of "Frozen 2," which she is directing with Chris Buck. Lee is the writer/director of WDAS' "Frozen," sharing directing duties with Chris Buck. The film became the highest-grossing animated feature ever released with more than $1.27 billion in global box office, and Lee became the highest grossing female director of a feature. "Frozen" earned two Academy Awards, the Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, PGA Award, five Annie Awards and two GRAMMY Awards. The digital and Blu-ray/DVD release was one of the biggest home entertainment successes of the last decade, becoming the most popular Blu-ray in U.S. history.

Lee's career with Walt Disney Animation Studios began in March 2011, when she became the co-writer of 2012's Oscar-nominated, arcade-hopping adventure "Wreck-It Ralph." For their screenplay, she and Phil Johnston received an Annie Award. She then penned the screenplay for "Frozen" and went on to direct the film (with Buck). In 2014, for her work on "Frozen," Lee was given Women In Film's Dorothy Arzner Directors Award at the Crystal + Lucy Awards. That same year, she gave a memorable commencement speech at her undergraduate alma mater, University of New Hampshire, and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree.

In 2016, Lee was one of the writers of the story for the 2016 Academy Award-winning feature, "Zootopia," and she executive produced 2018's "Ralph Breaks the Internet." She also recently wrote the book for "Frozen: The Broadway Musical," for which she received a Tony Award nomination, as well as adapted the screenplay for Disney's live-action feature "A Wrinkle in Time."

Before joining Walt Disney Animation Studios, Lee built a career in book publishing before she pursued screenwriting, entering Columbia University's graduate film program in 2001. There she received the William Goldman Award for excellence in screenwriting, and her first feature-length script, "Hinged on Stars," won the Columbia University Film Festival. She graduated in 2005 with an MFA in film.

Lee lives in Los Angeles with her family.


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