Ava DuVernay Biography, Age, Husband, Movies, Selma, 13th, Net Worth

Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay

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Ava DuVernay Biography  | Who Is Ava DuVernay?

Ava DuVernay born Ava Marie DuVernay is an American filmmaker, director, producer, and screenwriter. DuVernay graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in English and African American studies. She initially pursued a career in journalism, working for various outlets such as CBS News and Fox before switching to public relations.

In 2006, DuVernay founded her own marketing and public relations agency, The DuVernay Agency. She later transitioned to filmmaking, writing and directing her first feature film, “I Will Follow,” in 2010.

DuVernay gained critical acclaim for her 2012 film “Middle of Nowhere,” which won the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival.

In 2014, she directed the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic “Selma,” which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director, making her the first black woman to be nominated in that category.

Ava DuVernay Age | How Old Is Ava DuVernay?

Ava was born on August 24, 1972 in Long Beach, California, U.S. She is 50 years

Ava DuVernay Family

Her mother, Darlene Maye, was a teacher, and her father, Murray Maye, was a businessman and electrician. Her parents divorced when she was young, and her mother raised her and her siblings as a single parent.

DuVernay’s family was very supportive of her creative interests from an early age. Her mother encouraged her to read and write, and her aunt introduced her to the world of movies and television.

DuVernay credits her family’s tradition of oral history as the source of her love for storytelling and acknowledges that the stories of her grandmother and other relatives inspired her.

DuVernay has also spoken publicly about the impact of her family’s history on her work as a filmmaker, particularly her interest in exploring the experiences of African Americans and other marginalized communities.

Husband | Married

Ava DuVernay is not married and currently single.


Ava DuVernay does not have any biological children.


DuVernay began her career as a publicist, but in the early 2000s, she transitioned to filmmaking. She has become a prominent figure in Hollywood, known for her work on both independent films and mainstream productions.

DuVernay’s breakthrough film was “Middle of Nowhere,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and won the festival’s directing award. She then went on to direct the civil rights drama “Selma” in 2014, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

In 2016, DuVernay created and directed the critically acclaimed Netflix series “13th,” which examines the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. The series received a Peabody Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

DuVernay’s most recent projects include the limited series “When They See Us,” which tells the story of the Central Park Five case, and the Disney fantasy film “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Throughout her career, DuVernay has been a vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion in the film industry. She is the founder of ARRAY, a film distribution company that focuses on promoting the work of people of color and women filmmakers.

In 2020, she was named the first Black woman to receive the prestigious Sherry Lansing Leadership Award from The Hollywood Reporter.



This Is the Life – 2008

My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop – 2010

Half the Picture

13th: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay

August 28th – 2017

Life Itself – 2017

Net Worth

The award-winning filmmaker and former publicist has an estimated net worth of $60 million.

Movies and TV Shows


  1. Middle of Nowhere (2012)
  2. Selma (2014)
  3. 13th (2016)
  4. A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

TV Shows:

  1. Queen Sugar (2016-ongoing)
  2. When They See Us (2019)
  3. Cherish the Day (2020-ongoing)
  4. Colin in Black & White (2021

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