American dancer, actress, choreographer and film director, Anne Fletcher was born on this day, May 1, 1966 in Detroit, Michigan. A resident of the local lakefront suburb of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Fletcher graduated with honors from Lake Shore High School in 1984.
Beginning dance lessons at a local dance studio, Turning Point School of the Performing Arts, at age 12 after watching her mother take a dance class, Fletcher at age 15, appeared in the local show Salute to the Superstars at the now-defunct Mr. F’s Beef & Bourbon dinner club in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Upon graduation from high school, Fletcher, moved to Los Angeles, California. There she furthered her training under Joe Tremaine. She worked as a choreographer for six years with Jeff Andrews.
As an actress Fletcher appeared as a dancer in the movies Tank Girl, George of the Jungle, Boogie Nights, Titanic, Scream 2, Dudley Do-Right, Monkeybone, and A Walk to Remember.
She has starred in the films Bring It On, Bringing Down the House, Catwoman, The Pacifier, Step Up, Hairspray, The Proposal, and Rock of Ages. Fletcher has directed the movies Step Up, 27 Dresses, The Proposal, and The Guilt Trip.
As a choreographer she has also worked on the films The Flintstones, The Mask, Casper, Antz, Almost Heroes, She’s All That, The Wedding Planner, Not Another Teen Movie, Orange County, The Master of Disguise, Catch Me If You Can, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Along Came Polly, The Longest Yard, The 40 Year-Old Virgin, and Get Him to the Greek.
After acquiring numerous professional choreography credits, Fletcher directed the 2006 romantic dance film, Step Up starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum. The film was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards (2007) and one Young Artist Award (2007).
Although Fletcher didn’t direct the sequel to this film, she choreographed on Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) which was directed by Jon M. Chu.
Panned by critics, the film was well received by audiences and earned Fletcher a second successful director credit on the popular 2008 romantic comedy film, 27 Dresses, starring Katherine Heigl and James Marsden. This film was nominated for eight awards: one People’s Choice Awards (2008), two Teen Choice Awards (2008), three Golden Trailer Awards (2008), one Artios Award (2008) and one EDA Special Mention Award. This film was nominated for twenty-seven awards; out of the twenty-seven nominations, the film won seven.
Following the success of The Proposal, Fletcher directed The Guilt Trip (2012) starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand. This film was nominated for four Teen Choice Awards (2015)
Let’s say Happy Birthday to one of Michigan’s own, Anne Fletcher.