Lynn Shelton, director of 'Little Fires Everywhere,' dead at age 54

Sunday - 17/05/2020 17:15
Lynn Shelton in Park City, Utah, in 2013.Fred Hayes / Getty Images file
Lynn Shelton in Park City, Utah, in 2013.Fred Hayes / Getty Images file
Shelton died Friday from a previously unidentified blood disorder, her agent confirmed.

Director Lynn Shelton, 54, died Friday in Los Angeles as the result of a previously unidentified blood disorder, according to her agent Adam Kersh.

Shelton, who directed hit shows such as “Little Fires Everywhere” and “Glow,” collapsed after a week of feeling ill, her collaborator and romantic partner Marc Maron said in a statement to Deadline Sunday.

“It’s devastating. I am leveled, heartbroken and in complete shock and don’t really know how to move forward in this moment,” Maron said.

The 54-year-old director was born in Ohio in 1965 but spent much of childhood in Seattle. She studied at Oberlin and the University of Washington School of Drama before moving to New York for a masters in fine arts, according to Kersh.

Shelton made her first film, “We Go Way Back,” in 2006 after seeing French director Claire Denis speak at Seattle's Northwest Film Forum. Her third film, “Humpday,” premiered at Cannes in 2009 where it won the film festival’s Grand Jury prize.

But Shelton also had a successful career in television, directing episodes for hit shows such as “New Girl,” “Fresh Off The Boat,” and “The Mindy Project.” Her most recent work, a miniseries based on the novel “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng, premiered in March.


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