Ava DuVernay Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 15 Sep, 2017
Facts of Ava DuVernay
Date of Birth: 1972 , August-24
Age: 49 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 feet 5 inch
Birth Name Ava Marie DuVernay
Father Darlene Maye
Mother Joseph DuVernay.
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Long Beach
Ethnicity wise
Profession Director
Net Worth $3 million
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Light brown
Face Color White
Body Measurements 34-24-32
Breast Size 34B
Waist size 24
Hip Size 32
Affair with N/A
Boyfriend N/A
Education University of California, Los Angeles
Awards Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award, MORE
TV Show Queen Sugar
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The multi talented American director, screenwriter, film maker, and film distributor, Ava DuVernay has won significant critical acclaim as the director of films like 2014's Selma and 2012's Middle of Nowhere. She also became the first Black woman to win Best Director award at Sundance Film Festival for her acclaimed work on Selma.  

Early Life and Education

The American filmmaker, Ava DuVernay was born on August 24, 1972, in Long Beach, California, US. She is the daughter of Darlene Maye and Joseph DuVernay. Ava was raised up in Lynwood, California along with her two sisters.

DuVernay graduated from Saint Joseph High School in 1990, in Lakewood. Following her graduation, she majored in two subjects, English and African-American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. DuVernay belongs to American nationality and ethnicity wise; she is a Black African-American.

Professional Career

Ava DuVernay started her career as a film studio publicist and marketer. She later began directing, after being inspired while working with Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise in 2004. In the year 2008, she made her feature directorial debut with the documentary; This Is the Life.

She told in an interview with ESSENCE;

"I was on the set like, Michael Mann is cool and everything, but why is he telling stories here?" "I should be telling stories here, because I have stories from these streets."

DuVernay directed Selma, featuring Carmen Ejogo, Antonino Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding Jr., and David Oyelowo as well. She has received African-American Film Critics Association award for best screenplay, for the film.

Moreover, Ava directed several other successful movies including 13th and A Wrinkle in Time.

Personal Life

Ava DuVernay is unmarried and is possibly single as she hasn’t disclosed anything publically regarding her dating and affair. However, DuVernay is reportedly dating rapper Common. DuVernay and Common first met each other on the set of Oscar- nominated film Selma in 2014.

DuVernay was the director and Common was an actor in the movie. The couple created the rumor about their dating after they were seen together quite often during the promotion of the film. As per our resources, they two were spotted on several dates in Los Angeles where the couple was caught holding hands and kissing.

According to tvovermind.com, the source said:

“The two met in 2014 on the set of Selma. And as of late, our spies have spotted them out together in Hollywood. Our sources have seen them exhibiting date-like behavior holding hands, walking around a few low-key spots in LA (like Cafe Gratitude)."

The source further states that;

“They’ve also been spotted together having sushi on Sunset and at the movies in Hollywood (Arclight). In addition to holding hands, they’ve also been spotted kissing and riding around in Common’s Range Rover."

Despite the rumor, the couple has not officially confirmed their relationship.

Net Worth and Body Measurement

The renowned American director, screenwriter, and film distributor, Ava DuVernay has garnered a tremendous amount of money as she has directed some hit movies. As of 2017, DuVernay has an estimated a net worth of $3 million. She stands at the height of 5 feet 5 inches. 


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