Betty Thomas arrived in Los Angeles from the best known improvisational theatre in the US – The Second City Theatre in Chicago. Soon after that she received an Emmy® for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Officer Lucy Bates on the television show, Hill Street Blues.
Her shift to directing brought a second Emmy® in 1993 for best Direction in a Comedy Series for Dream On. She was shocked to hear she was the first woman to receive this award. She next received a DGA Award for directing HBO’s The Late Shift and an Emmy® nomination for directing the movie for TV, My Breast.
Since directing her first studio movie, the box office hit The Brady Bunch Movie, Betty has directed the feature films Only You, Private Parts, Dr. Dolittle, I Spy, 28 Days, 3R, John Tucker Must Die, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Betty’s television credits include pilots – Disney’s Andiland, Dash 4 Cash, The Loop, That Guy, Senor White, Silicon Follies, and Couples along with many TV episodes.
In 2012 she directed her first entire web series, ”Audrey” for YouTube’s WIGS channel. Recently she worked with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda on Netflix’s project Grace and Frankie. She arrives in Beijing having just completed post on Disney’s ANDILAND pilot while continuing to develop/cast her next 2 movies.
Betty has sometimes been pulled into the role of Producer such as on the movies Charlie’s Angels and Cant Hardly Wait.
Betty is the First Vice-President of the Directors Guild of America and a member of the Diversity Task Force; working with networks and studios to develop inroads for minority and women directors. She has continued to serve her guild as a fiduciary on the Producers and Directors Guild Pension and Health Fund, as a member of the Western Directors Council, and as a Directors Guild Board member for many years.