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Dianne Houston (born July 22, 1954 in Washington, D.C.) is an American director and screenwriter.

She became interested in theater while attending Howard University with her first plays being produced around 1977. She later worked in New York City, Amsterdam, and Berlin which she says helped give her "a world view." In 1990 she was again based in the United States, but lived in a bicoastal manner. Around this time she wrote for Brewster Place a show produced by Harpo Productions. After this Oprah Winfrey remained a supporter and, on occasion, financial backer.

In 1994 she directed the short film Tuesday Morning Ride which starred Ruby Dee and Bill Cobbs. This led to her nomination for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, becoming the first, and so far only, African American woman to be nominated for directing work.

She has since directed for a variety of TV series like NYPD Blue and Crossing Jordan as well as continuing in film work. As a screenwriter she worked on Take the Lead among other projects.

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