• Shira Piven is an American actress, film scriptwriter and director
• She is married to film writer, producer and director Adam McKay and has two daughters
• She has 13 directing credits, including the upcoming movie “The Performance”
• She is active in philanthropy and has volunteered with various charity organizations
• Her brother Jeremy Piven is an American actor and comedian, nominated for 32 awards with 6 wins for his performance in “Entourage”

Who is Shira Piven?

Shira was born in New York City, USA on 8 October 1961 – her zodiac sign’s Libra, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress, film scriptwriter and director, perhaps known best for having directed the 2011 comedy movie “Fully Loaded”, which starred Paula Killen, Lisa Ann Orkin and Dweezil Zappa. It follows two single mothers during a night out, and the movie was nominated for a River’s Edge International Film Festival Award for Best Narrative Feature (Shira).

Early life and education

Shira was raised in Evanston, Illinois USA, alongside her brother Jeremy Piven, who’s today a famous American actor and comedian., Their father Byrne Piven was an American actor and film director, who passed away in 2002 aged 72, and their mother Joyce Hiller Piven, who’s an American actress and director; Byrne and Joyce were the founders of the Piven Theater Workshop.

Shira grew up being interested in acting, mostly thanks to her parents who occasionally took her to their movie sets. She studied at a local high school, and was involved in a various activities during her four years there, as she practiced creative writing, appeared in many school plays, and played volleyball with her peers.

Upon matriculating in 1980, she enrolled at Bennington College, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in drama in 1983.

Career as an actress

Shira’s appeared in five movies and only a single TV series. She made her debut film appearance with her portrayal of Penn State Protester in the 1992 comedy drama “Bob Roberts”, written and directed by Tim Robbins, who also starred in it alongside Giancarlo Esposito and Alan Rickman. It follows a folk singer who’s now running for the US Senate, and the movie won four of the seven awards for which it was nominated.

Shira’s following role came more than 10 years later, when cast to play Defense Lawyer in the 2003 episode “Pilot” of the comedy drama “Queens Supreme”, and in 2004, she portrayed Mother in the critically acclaimed comedy movie “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, written and directed by Adam McKay, and which starred Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate and Steve Carell. It follows San Diego’s best newsman Ron Burgundy who’s being threatened by an ambitious woman who’s just become a new anchor; the movie won one of the 14 awards for which it was nominated.

Shira has only three other roles: she appeared in the 2004 comedy “Wake Up, Ron Burgundy”, the 2008 comedy “Step Brothers”, and the 2015 comedy “The Real Reason Women Don’t Direct More Action Movies”.

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Directing credits

Shira has 13 directing credits, including the upcoming movie “The Performance”.

Her directing debut was the 2011 comedy movie “Fully Loaded”, which she also wrote and produced, while she then went on to work on the 2012 short biographical documentary movie “The Beast and the Angel”, the 2013 documentary film “Lifecasters”, and the 2014 comedy movie “Welcome to Me”.

Shira directed the 2016 episode “New Contact” of the comedy series “One Mississippi”, as well as the 2016 episode “Life Sucks and Then You Die” of the comedy series “Transparent”.

Some of her other notable directing credits include the 2017 short comedy video “The Kellyanne Conway Story: Exclusive Trailer”, the 2017 episode “Escape” of the crime comedy series “Claws”, and the 2019 episode “Drywall Guys” of the fantasy comedy series “Room 104”.

Other credits

Shira worked as a production assistant and dialogue coach on the 2007 short comedy movie “The Landlord”.

She’s received special thanks for seven movies, including the 2004 comedy “I Heart Huckabees”, the 2018 documentary “Origin Story”, and the 2021 science fiction comedy “Don’t Look Up”.

Love life and husband

Shira prefers to keep the details of her love life away from the media’s attention, but it’s still widely known that she’s today a married woman, and a mother of two. She exchanged vows with American film writer, producer and director Adam McKay in 1999, in a private ceremony attended by some of their closest friends and family members. Their daughter Lili Rose McKay was born not long after that, but her birthdate remains undisclosed; their second daughter Pearl McKay followed on 4 March 2005. Pearl’s today quite popular on TikTok, and is followed by close to 30,000 people, while she’s amassed nearly 50,000 likes of all her videos combined.

Both Lili Rose and Pearl have ventured into the film industry.

Shira hasn’t mentioned any other men whom she’s perhaps been with, so as of August 2022, she’s married to Adam McKay, and they have two daughters together.

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Hobbies and interesting facts

Shira has an Instagram account, but isn’t very active on the network; she’s today followed by about 400 people, but has uploaded only eight pictures, most of which feature her during her everyday life.

She’s a philanthropist, and has donated money to and volunteered with various charity organizations. She’s also taught acting to gang members and prison inmates, and is today a board member of Jail Guitar Doors USA; the non-profit organization provides musical instruments to inmates.

Shira’s into travelling, and has been to a couple of US states and European countries, for both work and pleasure; her dream travel destination’s Zagreb, Croatia.

She enjoys watching movies late at night, and her favorite actor and actress are Jim Carrey and Amanda Seyfried, while some of her favorite movies are “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective – When Nature Calls”, “Yes Man” and “Dear John”.

Age, height and net worth

Shira’s age is 60. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 3ins (1.6m) and she weighs around 110lbs (50kgs).

As of August 2022, her net worth’s been estimated at over $1 million, and her brother’s at more than $30 million.

Who is her brother Jeremy Piven?

Jeremy Samuel Piven was born in New York City on 26 July 1965 – his zodiac sign is Leo, and he holds American nationality. He’s appeared in more than 100 movies and TV series, while he’s perhaps still known best for his portrayal of the supporting character Ari Gold in the critically acclaimed comedy series “Entourage”, created by Doug Ellin, and which starred Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier and Kevin Dillon. It follows the lives of Los Angeles’ movie star Vince Chase and his friends,; the series aired from 2004 to 2011 and won 20 awards, including six Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 106 other awards.

Jeremy was raised in Evanston, and studied at Evanston Township High School; it was during his four years there that he became interested in acting, and practiced it at Harand Theater Camp, as well as at his parents’ Piven Theater Workshop. Upon matriculating in 1983, he enrolled at Drake University, transferred to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts two years later, but dropped out only a couple of months prior to graduation, wanting to pursue acting.

He made his debut film appearance in the 1986 romantic comedy drama “Lucas”, while a couple of his following film roles were in the 1986 romantic comedy “One Crazy Summer”, the 1989 romantic comedy drama “Say Anything” and the 1990 crime thriller drama “The Grifters”.

What marked the ‘90s for him was perhaps his portrayal of Dr. Bob in the critically acclaimed action crime movie “Heat”, written and directed by Michael Mann, and which starred Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer. It follows a group of professional thieves as they’re being pursued by the Los Angeles Police Department; the movie was nominated for 11 awards.

Three of Jeremy’s most notable performances in the 2000s were perhaps in the 2001 historical action movie “Black Hawk Down”, the 2003 comedy film “Scary Movie 3”, and the 2009 comedy movie “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard”.

The year 2014 saw him play Colonel Walter Marx in the popular action science fiction adventure movie “Edge of Tomorrow”, directed by Doug Liman, and which starred Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton. It follows a soldier who’s fighting in a war against aliens, while he relives the same day whenever he dies; the movie won 11 of the 49 awards for which it was nominated.

Three of his most recent roles have been in the comedy film “Last Call” and the  action crime movie “American Night” both in 2021,and the 2022 drama film “The Walk”.

Jeremy’s won six of the 32 awards for which he’s been nominated; his wins include three Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2006, 2007 and 2008, all for his performance in “Entourage”.

Since 2017, many women have accused Jeremy of sexual assault, including the porn actress Ariane Bellamar, advertising executive Tiffany Bacon, and actress Anastasie Taneie.

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