Julie Taymor was born in Boston in Massachusetts, USA. Upon graduation from Oberlin College, she spent four years in Indonesia on a Watson Foundation fellowship and, in 1991, received a MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowship. Her theatre credits include the all-time highest-grossing Broadway musical, The Lion King, for which she won two Tony Awards; Grounded, starring Anne Hathaway at the Public Theatre; and M. Butterfly, with Clive Owen. Her operas include Oedipus Rex, with Jessye Norman; and The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera. Her films include Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins; the Academy Award–winning Frida, starring Salma Hayek; Across the Universe; The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren; and A Midsummer Night's Dream.