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Award-winning producer to speak at CSU

February 4, 2011

The Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office is pleased to welcome Lee Daniels as the first presenter in the 2011 Distinguished Speaker Series that is part of the campus events planned for Black History Month.

Daniels, who began his career in the entertainment industry in his 20s, is best known for producing and directing the film, <em>Precious.</em>
Tuesday, Feb. 8
7-8 p.m.
Lory Student Center
Main Ballroom

A 'precious' journey

Despite a troubled upbringing, Lee Daniels boasts an impressive career, best-known for producing and directing the film Precious, based on the novel Push, by Sapphire (2009).

Daniels' career path

Daniels began his career in the entertainment industry in his twenties as a casting director and manager. One of his first clients was Prince, whom he worked with on Purple Rain (1984) and Under the Cherry Moon (1986). After successfully managing several Academy Award nominees and winners, Daniels moved on to create his own production company. 

Lee Daniels Entertainment quickly established international acclaim when the first film produced, Monster's Ball (2001), received countless accolades. In addition to starring A-list actors, such as the late Heath Ledger and Billy Bob Thornton, the film won an Oscar for Best Actress for Halle Berry, the first African-American woman in history to win this award.

Directing debut

Daniels’ directing debut was for Shadowboxer (2005), which was unsuccessful in the box office despite a strong cast. Fortunately, it served as the birth of the professional relationship between Daniels and actresses Mo’Nique and Mariah Carey, who later starred in Precious.

Precious, the story of a teen mother living in Harlem and struggling against countless acts of physical and sexual abuse won 73 awards and received 56 nominations. Perhaps the most notable wins are the Oscars for Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Additionally, Daniels became the second African-American to be nominated for Best Picture and first African-American to direct a Best Picture nominee for the film.

Daniels will speak about his incredible career path from starting his own company to becoming one of the most celebrated directors and producers in the film industry today. The main event will take place in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 from 7-8 p.m.


  • Free to students
  • $4/public

Tickets are available at the box office or online.

Film, Precious, to be shown on Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.

On Monday, February 7, 2011, Precious will be shown in Braiden Hall at 7:30 p.m. All students are welcome to attend.

Learn more

For more information about the Distinguished Speaker Series or other SLiCE programs, please contact us at or (970) 491-1682.

The Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office brings together student organizations, student leaders and student volunteers under one banner; making our campus a better community and a more involved place.

Contact: Stephanie Ashley
Phone: 970-491-1682