Get to know James Toback
James Toback was born on November 23rd, 1944. He is an American screenwriter and film director who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1991 for his film, 'Bugsy'. Toback has directed films including 'The Pick-up Artist', 'Two Girls and a Guy' and also 'Black and White'.
He earned his graduation from the Harvard University in 1966 and soon later began working as a journalist for a number of magazines including Esquire.
In the early 70's, he started out as a creative writing teacher in New York before he shifted his focus into screen writing.
In 1974 he wrote his first crime movie, 'The Gambler' starring James Caan. The movie did well and established him on the map of fame in Hollywood. The director and writer who is 73 years old currently, has written a number of hit films and has even been nominated for Oscars once.
In 1991 he wrote 'Bugsy', which was inspired by the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel. The movie had Warren Beatty in the title role. Bugsy is an American crime-drama film directed by Barry Levinson which tells the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel and his relationship with Virginia Hill.
The movie was a smash hit with the critics and was also nominated for a total number of ten Academy Awards.
Toback also wrote and directed the film, 'Two Girls and a Guy', 'When Will I Be Loved', and the documentary 'Tyson' which chronicled the life of boxer Mike Tyson. His film, 'Two Girls and a Guy' is a 1997 American comedy-drama film written and directed by James Toback and produced by Edward R. Pressman and Chris Hanley. It stars Robert Downey Jr., Heather Graham and Natasha Gregson Wagner. The film is mainly based upon dialogue between the characters.
On October 22, 2017, James Toback was caught in a sexual allegation case when the Los Angeles Times reported that 38 women have accused him of sexual harassment or assault. Since the article has been published, some 357 more women have called and complained about him for sexually harassing them too. According to the reports, he has been harassing women over 40 years of his career. Toback has vehemently denied all the allegations.
Toback was married for just one year from 1968 to 1969 to Consuelo Sarah Churchill Vanderbilt Russell. She was the granddaughter of John Spencer-Churchill, the 10th Duke of Marlborough. He is currently married to Stephanie Kempf, with whom he has a son.
Sexual harassment allegations against James Toback
Toback has been accused of sexually harassing young women. An article was published in the 1989 issue of 'Spy' magazine detailing how James Toback would hang out on the streets of the Upper West Side in New York City, and target women. He would tell them that he was a Hollywood director and offer to show them his Directors Guild of America card. According to the story, this was just his knack to get the woman meet him privately. He would show them dreams and sweet talk them about getting them to appear in one of his films.
According to a report published in The Los Angeles Times in October of 2017, 38 women have accused him of sexual harassment. He has denied all the allegations citing that even if has met the woman it would have been for 5 minutes and no more.
The report further details that he used to meet them calling them for interviews and auditions and then harassing them in movie trailers, hotel rooms or even public parks where he used to ask women about their sex lives and used to masturbate there. The huge list of accusers include actresses Rachel McAdams, Selma Blair, Terri Conn, Caterina Scorsone, Julianne Moore, and musician Louise Post.
After so many allegations coming from strong women, Toback defended himself saying that he was taking medication at the time of the alleged assaults and that made it "biologically impossible" for the alleged actions to occur.
In April, 2018, Los Angeles County prosecutors declared, much to the relief of Toback, that they would not be pressing any charges against Toback. In one case the victim did not turn up for an interview, and the rest were beyond the limitations. Two of the declined cases involved misdemeanors and three of them involved felonies.
His wife Stephanie Toback
His wife is Stephanie Toback. James Toback’s first wife was Consuelo Sarah Churchill Vanderbilt Russell and they were married for a very brief time between 1968 and 1969, before getting divorced. Toback soon later married writer and teacher, Stephanie Kempf. James Toback and Stephanie Toback have a teenage son, Andre.
Stephanie Kempf is a writer and teacher and has years of experience in her field. In 1989, James Toback had written and directed the film, 'The Big Bang', which was edited by his second wife, Stephanie Kempf Toback. The documentary chronicled around many people, including celebrities, who were asked questions relating to philosophy, what they were doing here, and what they believed their purpose in life was.
Kempf began her work as a teacher began in the early ’90s. She was highly inspired by Jane and Larry Levine, two board members of the World Hunger Year (now known as WhyHunger), who held workshops about hunger awareness for sixth grade students while Kempf taught literature at a New York high school. About their mission, she revealed, “I was struck by Larry’s descriptions of young people who were surprised to hear that hunger actually exists in the U.S.”
Not much is known about Stephanie Toback’s age or her private life. The writer keeps a low profile and is not active on social media. However, it is known that she is the daughter of Greg Kemf who was a real estate agent and developer, and Edwina Kempf. She is one of nine siblings and is raised as a Catholic.
The 'Seduced and Abandoned' writer, director, and producer who happens to be her husband was recently accused of sexually harassing multiple women, but this is not the first time allegations like this surfaced about him.
What she feels about her husband being caught up in this mess is currently unknown as she was unavailable for comment. Their son Andre was also not available to give his opinion on the matter.
Interesting facts about Stephanie Toback
Here are some interesting facts about Stephanie Kempf Toback:
1. She is James Toback's second wife. Toback was initially married to Consuelo Sarah Churchill Vanderbilt Russell but they divorced after a year. It is unclear the reason for their divorce. James Toback later married Stephanie Toback and we do not know the exact year of their marriage. They have a teenage son, Andre.
2. Stephanie has worked as a writer over the years and has also edited 1989’s 'The Big Bang' which was a film that Toback wrote and directed.
3. Stephanie started teaching during the early 1990s and spoke about how she got inspired by two board members of the World Hunger Year (WhyHunger).
“I was struck by Larry’s descriptions of young people who were surprised to hear that hunger actually exists in the U.S.,” she wrote in a sourcebook.
4. Stephanie continued to attend Levines’ workshops and learnt more about how to educate students about the issue. Raising awareness and educating people about world hunger quickly became the prime motto of her career.
5. In 1983, Toback wrote and directed 'Exposed' which was a film about a Midwestern farm girl who leaves her family and lover behind, escaping to New York. There, she makes a career as a fashion model but is approached by a mysterious man who’s motives are unclear.
6. During an interview, James describes a conversation that he had had with actress Nastassja Kinski, who featured in the film.
“I introduced Stephanie and Nastassia and said to her: ‘Whatever you may hear about me or think about men in general, there will never be a situation between us.’ Without missing a beat, she said, ‘If you really mean that, I will trust you with everything.’ I was very close to her father–a hilarious, tremendously likeable guy–who isn’t capable of being around any female without projecting some sense of sexual aggression or menace. You can’t come from that–and look like that–and not see the whole male gender as predatory. Since Nastassia is actually this goofy, frustrated, wild, disconnected creature with no sense of her own sexuality or appeal who feels she’s occupying the wrong body, it makes it even stranger to her that people are always approaching her.”
7 . Stephanie Toback has thanked James for his support in her life. In 2009, Stephanie published a source book for the middle and upper school teachers about how children can make a difference in “Finding Solutions to Hunger.” In the acknowledgement page of the book, she thanked her parents “for their unwavering support and excitement about the project” and also thanked her husband.
“Finally, to James Toback, my love and appreciation,” she wrote. “[Thank you] for introducing me to the power of words, and providing the intellectual nourishment and material and emotional support that kept me moving forward.”
Net worth of James Toback and his wife
James Toback has a net worth of $10 million. He has amassed this huge net worth working as a screenwriter and director. The net worth of his wife, Stephanie Toback is currently unknown.
There are some photos of James Toback on Instagram posted by fans. His wife, Stephanie Toback is unavailable on Instagram or she might be accessing her Instagram account via a private name. There are very few photos of his wife available on social media. There are a few photos of both of them together on google but that is all that we have of Stephanie Kemp Toback. We would love to see more photos of the couple together though!