Before becoming a full-fledged filmmaker in 1968, with the critically acclaimed film adaptation of The Subject Was Roses, Ulu Grosbard was a highly respected director of Broadway plays. Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Grosbard received his education at the University of Chicago and at the Yale Drama School. For a time he worked as a diamond cutter, but in 1957 he became a theatrical director. Beginning in the 1960s, Grosbard was assistant director on such Hollywood films as Splendor in the Grass and West Side Story before moving to solo directing projects, most notably 2005's Georgia, for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Direction. He died at age 83 in March 2012.