Dennie Gordon was born in Robbinsdale, Minnesota and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. Gordon attended Yale School of Drama. Gordon first gained recognition when her script for A Hard Rain. The script was noticed by Steven Spielberg, who attracted the attention of George Lucas, who donated the film's sound mix at Skywalker Ranch. The production won dramatic awards at the British Short Film Festival and the Hampton's film Festival and then was developed into the Oscar nominated film In the Bedroom. After A Hard Rain, David E Kelley, enlisted Gordon to direct episodes of his television series including Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Nash Bridges, Dawson's Creek, Jack and Jill and Ally McBeal. Gordon has directed multiple episodes of such critically acclaimed series as Sports Night, Party of Five, and won the prestigious DGA Comedy Directing Award for directing HBO's series Tracey Takes On. In 2001, Gordon's comedy Joe Dirt was released. In 2001, she returned to television for the TV movie Beat Cops (2001) and the TV series Glory Days, Gordon developed and directed the hit comedy What A Girl Wants, released by Warner Bros. in April of 2003. New York Minute (2004), tells the tale of two sisters, played by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.