Alan Ball grew up in Marietta, Georgia. He studied theatre at Florida State University focusing mostly on acting and scriptwriting. After his graduation, he moved to New York where he began working as art director on several trade magazines. In addition, his play FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS was set up by the Manhattan Class Company in February 1993. Subsequently, he has been well awarded for most of his works; among others, he received two Golden Globes and six Emmy Awards for his TV-series SIX FEET UNDER and for his first feature film, AMERICAN BEAUTY, he was awarded The 1999 Academy Award, The Writers’ Guild of America Award as well as The Golden Globe Award, all for Best Original Screenplay.